Nonprofits for Hire: The Welfare State in the Age of Contracting

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Harvard University Press, 1993 - Business & Economics - 292 pages
In recent years, government’s primary response to the emergent problems of homelessness, hunger, child abuse, health care, and AIDS has been generated through nonprofit agencies funded by taxpayer money. As part of the widespread movement for privatization, these agencies represent revolutionary changes in the welfare state. Steven Smith and Michael Lipsky demonstrate that this massive shift in funds has benefits and drawbacks. Given the breadth of government funding of nonprofit agencies, this first study of the social, political, and organizational effects of this service strategy is an essential contribution to the current raging debates on the future of the welfare state.

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About the author (1993)

Steven Rathgeb Smith is Executive Director of the American Political Science Association. Michael Lipsky is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and author of Street-Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Services.

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