Stephen Rathgeb Smith

* The author would like to gratefully acknowledge the excellent research assistance of Meghan McConaughey and the input of Putnam Barber in the preparation of this chapter.

During the last forty years, government contracting with nonprofit organizations for the delivery of important public services has risen sharply. The widespread interest, in the United States and in other countries, in contracting with nonprofit organizations reflects many factors: pressure to reduce the costs of public service; broad interest in voluntarism, social innovation, and citizen and community engagement; and public management reform which seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness ...

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