Hybrid Organizations and the Third Sector Challenges for Practice, Theory and Policy

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-15
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Welfare has traditionally been provided by ‘public', ‘voluntary' and ‘private' sector organizations. But what do these terms mean within a contemporary welfare landscape where organizations possess characteristics of more than one of these sectors? Is this hybridity eroding the unique qualities of these different sectors?Addressing a key social policy problem, this book analyses modern voluntary organizations through the lens of a new theory of hybrid organizations, which is tested and developed in the context of a range of case studies. This is essential reading for all interested in the future of the third sector, the rise of hybridity in the public sector and the study of organizations.

Author Biography

DAVID BILLIS is currently Emeritus Reader at the London School of Economics (LSE). In 1978 he founded the world's first university-based research and teaching programme working with voluntary agencies. In 1987 he became founding Director of the Centre for Voluntary Organisation at the LSE (later renamed the Centre for the Civil Society), which built on and incorporated the work of PORTVAC. At the LSE he established two specialist MSc courses for the UK third sector and for NGOs.

He has held senior positions in other leading academic institutions, most recently visiting professor at Imperial College. He has also lectured at many universities around the world and has taught for the United Nations. He co-founded the Journal Nonprofit Management and Leadership and was its first international editor.

He is the only non-American to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by ARNOVA, the leading American and international third sector scholarly association.

He has acted as an adviser, and undertaken projects, for government departments both in the UK and abroad. As an international consultant he has worked in more than 50 countries in 5 Continents and his experience covers the full range of organisations from multinationals and large governmental agencies to small voluntary organisations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Welfare Bureaucracies to Welfare Hybrids--D.Billis
Towards a Theory of Welfare Hybrids--D.Billis
Third Sector Organisations in a Contradictory Policy Environment--M.Harris
The Governance of Hybrid Organisations--C.Comforth &--R.Spear
Volunteers in Hybrid Organisations: A Marginalised Majority? A.Ellis Paine, N.Ockenden &--J.Stuart
Community-Based Organisations: Sustainability and Independence--B.Cairns &--R.Hutchison
Faith-Based Organisations: A Distinctive Contribution to Welfare? M.Torry
Social Enterprises: Challenges from the Field--M.Aiken
Hybridity in Partnership Working: Managing Tensions and Opportunities--M.Taylor &--J.Howard
Social Housing: Agents of Policy or Profits in Disguise? D.Mullins &--H.Pawson
Encountering Hybridity: Lessons from Individual Experiences--D.Lewis

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