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

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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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

List of Figure and Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
List of Abbreviationsp. xii
Notes on the Contributorsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
From welfare bureaucracies to welfare hybridsp. 3
Third sector organizations in a contradictory policy environmentp. 25
Towards a theory of hybrid organizationsp. 46
The governance of hybrid organizationsp. 70
Hybridity in Actionp. 91
Volunteers in hybrid organizations: A marginalised majority?p. 93
Faith-based organizations and hybridity: A special case?p. 114
Community anchor organizations: Sustainability and independencep. 134
Social enterprises: Challenges from the fieldp. 153
Hybridity in partnership working: Managing tensions and opportunitiesp. 175
Housing associations: Agents of policy or profits in disguise?p. 197
Encountering hybridity: Lessons from individual experiencesp. 219
Revisiting the key challenges: Hybridity, ownership and changep. 240
Indexp. 263
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