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Privatizing the Welfare State: Nonprofit Community-Based Organizations as Political Actors

Nicole P. Marwell

in Politics and Partnerships

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780226109961
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226109985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226109985.003.0008
Privatizing the Welfare State: Nonprofit Community-Based Organizations as Political Actors

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Nonprofit community-based organizations (CBOs) are key players in an expanding arena of public social provision: privately delivered direct services. Devolution has actually decreased the total public dollars being spent on these services, but privatization has rapidly increased the amounts being funneled through government service contracts to CBOs. Together, these two national policy shifts have greatly altered the face of social provision to the poor. Current sociological theories of public social provision, with their focus on income support, miss out on this important component of the social benefit package. More and more, the well-being of the poorest citizens depends on state- and local-level decisions about how to allocate public service contracts.

Keywords: welfare state; privatization; community-based organizations; nonprofit organizations; direct services; social benefit package; service contracts

Chapter.  10202 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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