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Title: Explaining Voluntary Sector Behaviour: An Empirical Test Using NSW Non-Profit Social Service Provider Data
Contributor(s): Maroney, T. (author); Dollery, Brian Edward  (author)
Publication Date: 2004
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Abstract: Non-profit organisations represent an important institutional avenue for delivering social services in contemporary Australia. Moreover, a voluminous theoretical literature exists on the voluntary sector in advanced countries. However, relatively little effort has thus far been expended on the empirical assessment of the main models of non-profit organisational behaviour. Using 2003 survey data drawn from selected NSW non-profit social service providers, this paper seeks to replicate Lester Salamon's (1992) seminal American empirical investigation of stylised versions of demand-side theories, supply-side theories, organisational theories, and Salamon's (1987) own model of voluntary sector failure. In common with Salamon's (1992) earlier findings, our results suggest that the theory of voluntary sector failure possesses the greatest explanatory power of the four main models under investigation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 9(1), p. 78-97
Publisher: Southern Cross University
Place of Publication: Coffs Harbour (NSW), Australia
ISSN: 1325-2224
Field of Research (FOR): 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 910199 Macroeconomics not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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