What Do They Know, and Whom Do They Hold Accountable? Citizens in the Government -- Nonprofit Contracting Relationship

Van Slyke, David M.; Roch, Christine H.
April 2004
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Apr2004, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p191
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the government-non-profit contracting relationship. Devolution and pressures from elected officials and citizens to reduce government involvement in service provision have increasingly led many public agencies to contract with nonprofits for service delivery. In this article we consider the effects of the changing institutional arrangements governing the delivery of publicly funded social services on citizens' satisfaction and ability to hold service providers accountable. Specifically, we consider whether citizens are able to accurately identify service providers as nonprofit or governmental providers and investigate what drives individual perceived and actual use of nonprofits for social services, what the relationship is between perceived and actual use and a citizen's satisfaction with social services, and whether satisfaction with services influences the likelihood that citizens will correctly identify a provider as a nonprofit or governmental agency.


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