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The Role of Commercial Non-profit Organizations in the Provision of Public Services

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  • John Bennett
  • Elisabetta Iossa
  • Gabriella Legrenzi

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In this paper we discuss the role of commercial non-profit firms in the provision of public services, referring to three case studies to illustrate the main issues. We consider problems of corporate governance, including the role of the board of members and the scope for performance-related pay. We discuss the performance of such non-profit firms in terms of quality and costs, the particular finance problems of these firms and the implications for risk taking. We also suggest various aspects of non-profit behaviour in public service provision that present interesting avenues for future research. Copyright 2003, Oxford University Press.

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  • John Bennett & Elisabetta Iossa & Gabriella Legrenzi, 2003. "The Role of Commercial Non-profit Organizations in the Provision of Public Services," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 19(2), pages 335-347, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxford:v:19:y:2003:i:2:p:335-347
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    1. Paul A. Grout & Michelle J. Yong, 2003. "The Role of Donated Labour and Not for Profit at the Public/Private Interface," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 03/074, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
    2. Nicola Doni & Pier Angelo Mori, 2014. "Pricing and Price Regulation in a Costumer-Owned Monopoly," Euricse Working Papers 1470, Euricse (European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises).
    3. John Bennett & Elisabetta Iossa, 2010. "Contracting out public service provision to not-for-profit firms," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 62(4), pages 784-802, October.
    4. repec:spr:epolin:v:44:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s40812-016-0064-3 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Domingo Soriano & Miguel-Ángel Galindo, 2012. "An overview of entrepreneurial activity in nonprofit organizations in the international context," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 38(3), pages 265-269, April.
    6. Laura Abrardi & Luca Colombo & Pier Angelo Mori, 2016. "Customer Ownership And Quality Provision In Public Services Under Asymmetric Information," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 54(3), pages 1499-1518, July.
    7. Barr, Abigail & Fafchamps, Marcel & Owens, Trudy, 2005. "The governance of non-governmental organizations in Uganda," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 33(4), pages 657-679, April.
    8. Taptuk Emre Erkoc, 2011. "Mapping Out Economics of Non Profit Sector in Turkish Context," European Journal of Economic and Political Studies, Fatih University, vol. 4(2), pages 35-50.
    9. repec:spr:epolin:v:44:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s40812-016-0029-6 is not listed on IDEAS
    10. repec:ove:journl:aid:11393 is not listed on IDEAS

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