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Strings attached : new public management, competitive grant funding and social capital

Irvine, Helen J., Lazarevski, Katie, & Dolnicar, Sara (2009) Strings attached : new public management, competitive grant funding and social capital. Financial Accountability and Management, 25(2), pp. 225-252.

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Abstract

This paper first investigates the impact of new public management (NPM) practices, particularly competitive grant funding, on Bushcare New South Wales (NSW), an Australian environmental volunteering organisation. Secondly, identifying such local volunteering organisations as repositories of valuable social capital, it explores the link between volunteering and social capital. Using mixed methods and institutional theory, the study reveals that an increased level of professionalism and accountability is required of Bushcare groups, and that local coordinators face a challenge in balancing local, regional and national priorities without sacrificing Bushcare’s mission. These dynamics, it is proposed, have potentially serious social capital implications.

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ID Code: 20469
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: accountability, social capital, competitive grant funding, Bushcare, volunteers, new public management, marketing, institutional theory
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0408.2009.00475.x
ISSN: 0267-4424
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Accounting Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified (150199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500) > Marketing not elsewhere classified (150599)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Wiley-Blackwell
Deposited On: 14 May 2009 12:35
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:57

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