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Dimensions of the third sector : comparative perspectives on structure and change

Anheier, Helmut (2000) Dimensions of the third sector : comparative perspectives on structure and change. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

Cross-nationally, the introduction of New Public Management coincides with a significant growth phase of the nonprofit or third sector. This growth has disproportionately been an expansion of the economic dimensions (employment, turnover) and basically involved the greater use of third sector organisations as service providers. Such provision uses complex contract regimes, and typically takes place in some form of public-private partnership with either public or private funding agencies. Other parts of the third sector such as membership, volunteering and giving have generally grown less. The paper suggests that the sector is becoming qualitatively different, although the nature and strength of this change depends on the nonprofit regime type in a given country. Generally, however, third sector growth has led to differentiation processes that involve new organisational forms, and changes in activities and overall composition. The paper explores the measurement aspects of the quantitative-qualitative jump in third sector development by trying to "map" changes in core facts or dimensions over time. In closing, the paper suggests to examine recombination and refunctionality processes in the third sector.

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ID Code: 50690
Item Type: Working Paper
Additional Information: Also published in "Journal of Youth Studies", July 2001, Volume 4, Issue No. 2, Serial No. 8
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Queensland University of Technology & The Author
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2012 08:29
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2012 08:29

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