Improving the quality of public administration research on nonprofits: Dismantling the three-sector model

kathryn Cheever (Graduate School of Public Affairs University of Colorado at Denver Campus Box 142 Post Office Box 173364 Denver, Colorado 80217)
Nancy T. Kinney (Graduate School of Public Affairs University of Colorado at Denver Campus Box 142 Post Office Box 173364 Denver, Colorado 80217)
Pete Wolfe (Graduate School of Public Affairs University of Colorado at Denver Campus Box 142 Post Office Box 173364 Denver, Colorado 80217)

International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior

ISSN: 1093-4537

Publication date: 1 March 2000

Abstract

Does the three sector model of public (government), private (business), private/nonprofit still have validity? Did it ever? The following article examines the definitions, history, economic constructs, and evolving position of nonprofit organizations in the United States and finds the three sector model lacking. A briefcase study of a Denver-based not-for-profit community development corporation illustrates the many overlapping roles these organizations play including for-profit business, governmental functions as well as traditional nonprofit sen ice-oriented activities. A new paradigm is called for that reflects the "brave new world" of collaboration between and among public and private entities.

Citation

Cheever, k., Kinney, N.T. and Wolfe, P. (2000), "Improving the quality of public administration research on nonprofits: Dismantling the three-sector model", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 3 No. 3/4, pp. 319-344. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOTB-03-03-04-2000-B004

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Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000 by Marcel Dekker, Inc.

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