Performance and Public Value in the ‘Hollow State’


Performance and Public Value in the ‘Hollow State’

Assessing Government–Nonprofit Partnerships

9781802200386 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Kelly LeRoux, Professor of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois, Chicago and Nathaniel S. Wright, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University-Camden, US
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80220 038 6 Extent: 160 pp
This innovative book sheds light on two key questions at the forefront of government-nonprofit partnerships: How are nonprofits performing? And does the involvement of nonprofits in a public service add public value?

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This innovative book sheds light on two key questions at the forefront of government-nonprofit partnerships: How are nonprofits performing? And does the involvement of nonprofits in a public service add public value?
International contributors approach these questions through the conceptual lens of the ‘hollow state’, highlighting the diminished role of government and the implications of the growing reliance on nonprofits in delivering public service. Through a set of empirical studies in public education, public health, urban sustainability, public parks and public social welfare services, chapters identify contributing factors to the success of nonprofits in mitigating public problems through performance measurement. Identifying challenges encountered by nonprofits in their roles as government partners, as well as the challenges posed to public organizations in generating nonprofit accountability, this insightful book takes stock of performance and public value of the hollow state.
This methodologically-rigorous book is critical reading for scholars, researchers and students of public governance and public management, particularly those focusing on the long-term effects of the New Public Management. Its practical insights will also benefit policymakers, as well as managers of nonprofits interested in the implications of new partnerships with government bodies.
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‘LeRoux and Wright artfully compile five distinct empirical cases of nonprofit performance and synthesize core themes using a cross-cutting framework grounded in public value creation. Their book is an exemplar of a triangulated approach to inquiry, drawing from both qualitative and quantitative insights to advance understanding of nonprofit performance.’
– Stephanie Moulton, The Ohio State University, US

‘This book – edited and authored by true specialists in the field – is a valuable resource for academics, practitioners, and graduate students in understanding and assessing performance across multiple subsectors. It is accessible, both theoretically and practically, in explaining fundamental, contemporary issues in nonprofit performance management.’
– Jurgen Willems, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Contributors: Simon A. Andrew, Yuan (Daniel) Cheng, Pieter Cools, Michael R. Ford, Kelly LeRoux, Peter Raeymaeckers, Tony G. Reames, Yu Shi, Nathaniel S. Wright, Tianshu Zhao

1. Assessing performance and public value in the hollow state 1
Kelly LeRoux and Nathaniel S. Wright
2. The challenge of nonprofit accountability and quality
control in the urban hollow state: the case of public education 25
Michael R. Ford
3. Are outsourced public health services linked to better
health outcomes? Findings from a national study of service
contracting by local health departments 43
Tianshu Zhao and Kelly LeRoux
4. The role of community action agencies in facilitating
successful sustainable development in American cities 64
Nathaniel S. Wright and Tony G. Reames
5. Bridging charitable support and public service
performance: a preliminary analysis of large US city park systems 85
Yuan (Daniel) Cheng, Yu Shi, and Simon A. Andrew
6. Negotiating performance: the strategic responses of
associations where people in poverty raise their voice 102
Peter Raeymaeckers and Pieter Cools
7. Reconceptualizing performance: filling the hollow state
with public value 125
Kelly LeRoux and Nathaniel S. Wright

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