Players in the Public Policy Process: Nonprofits as Social Capital and Agents

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byHerrington J. Bryce

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Winner of the 2005 Charles Levine Prize for the Best Book in Comparative Policy and Administration. Author Herrington J. Bryce focuses on the nonprofit organization as a social capital asset and agent in all phases of the public policy process - from influencing political parties, platforms, and choice of candidates to the formulation and implementation of public policy including the facilitation of transactions. This book demonstrates the universal utility of the principal-agent paradigm for analyzing nonprofits in foreign or domestic policy, sectarian or faith-based, scientific or social as well as the regulatory (not just participatory) powers of these organizations over market and nonmarket actions as a matter of public, collective policy. Placing the nonprofit in a principal-agent framework, the book emphasizes such topics as sources of conflict in public expectations and organizational performance, the moral hazard and benefits of organizational self-interest, tax exemption as compensation or a reservation price rather than just a subsidy, the role of social service organizations as managers of adverse social risks, and their inherent competitive advantage (even when faith-based) over firms as agents of choice for social service contracts from a strictly business perspective. It also deals with the role of nonprofits in governance such as over common pool resources, the moral hazard of policy, and the probability that the nonprofit could be an agent of distortions. Bryce goes beyond the economics of market failure and adds political, policy and administrative sciences, economic sociology, and the theory of contracts to encapsulate these organizations as agents and essential players in any open and democratic public policy process.

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Winner of the 2005 Charles Levine Prize for the Best Book in Comparative Policy and Administration. Author Herrington J. Bryce focuses on the nonprofit organization as a social capital asset and agent in all phases of the public policy process - from influencing political parties, platforms, and choice of candidates to the formulation ...

Herrington J. Bryce is Life of Virginia Professor of Business Administration, College of William and Mary. He is author of Financial and Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations: A Comprehensive Reference to Legal, Economic, Management and Operations Rules and Guidelines for Nonprofits and Planning Smaller Cities.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9.66 × 5.99 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

The Significance of the Principal-Agent Paradigm * The Policy Significance of Nonprofit Organizations: Beyond the Limits of Failure * The Nonprofit as Social Asset and Agent of Public Policy * Nonprofits as Agents of Public Policy: a Paradigm of Principal and Agents * The Choice of Nonprofits as Agents of Public Policy * Housing and Community Development: A Case Study of an Agency Function * The Performance of Agents: Acute Care Hospitals and Community Benefits * Policy Formation, Nonprofit Advocacy, and the Principal-Agent Framework * Regulating the Finances of the Agent * The Nonprofit as a Self-Regulator * The Implications for Strategic Planning and Positioning

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"Bryce offers a compelling . . .framework for explaining the existence of a robust nonprofit sector." - Voluntas, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations"With this ambitious undertaking, Bryce (business administration, College of William and Mary) examines nonprofit organizations as social capital assets and agents of public policy. By placing nonprofits in a principal-agent framework, he offers a welcome updated analysis of an important public policy topic. The book is exhaustively researched as evidenced in the bibliographic endnotes, and Bryce is convincing as a leading authority in the field. ...A useful read for scholars and graduate students interested in the topic, but not likely to be of interest to the typical undergraduate public policy student." - Choice "Players in the Public Policy Process raises all the important questions that the appraisal of non-profits' role in governance should. Serious students of public policy ought not to ignore this theoretically sophisticated and empirically informed work." - Theodore R. Marmor, Professor of Public Management and Political Science, Yale University"Insightful, innovative, and well-grounded; strongly recommended." - Julian Wolpert, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Geography, Public Affairs, and Urban Planning; Chair, Program in Urban and Regional Planning, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University "The increasing role of nonprofits as agents of public purpose creates both opportunities and risks. This book helps us better to understand both the sources of the opportunities and the nature of the risks." - Steven Kelman, Weatherhead Professor of Public Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University"Timely, fresh, and innately significant." - Clarence Stone, Author of Regime PoliticsWinner of the 2005 Charles Levine Prize for the Best Book in Comparative Policy and Administration."An informative and useful reader for scholars and graduate students interested in nonprofits. The extensive updated analyses are grounded in exhaustive library work including detailed bibliographic endnotes, author index, and subject index. Bryce . . .is persuasive and knowledgeable in discussing the increasing role of nonprofits and NGOs in governance. His book provides a significant contribution to this growing field." - Efraim Ben-Zadok, Public Organization Review"[This] book is systematic in its exposition of arguments, clear about its assumptions, thoughtful in its use of examples, and provocative in its development of the idea of cognitive social capital as a special asset of nonprofi t and nongovernmental organizations." - Public Administration Review"Scholars will find in this book a clear theoretical roadmap, ranging from basic legal contract theory to the principal-agent paradigm, which describes the public agent role of nonprofits" - Journal of Policy Analysis and Management"This book is a must-read for nonprofit and public policy scholars interested in nonprofits as an organizational form and as a shaper and instrument of public policy...this book probably should be on every nonprofit scholars’ shelf." - Organization Studies"The author’s position challenges directly the prevailing view that nonprofit organizations emerge largely as a consequence of market or governmental failure." - Voluntas