The Distinction between Public, Nonprofit, and For-Profit: Revisiting the “Core Legal” Approach

Stark, Andrew
January 2011
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Jan2011, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p3
Academic Journal
The article discusses the characteristic difference between public, nonprofit, and for profit types of organization in the U.S. It identifies the distinction between core legal approach and dimensional approach as studied by public administration scholars. According to Barry Bozeman, dimensional approach focuses on sources and the extent of political and economic authority. It stresses that the considerations of public or nonprofit organizations arise on the legal discourse concerning taxation and constitutional issues whereas legal concerns involving for-profit organizations arise on the issue of tax exemption.


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