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Author Stone, Melissa M. ♦ Sandfort, Jodi R.
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Voluntary Sector Quarterly ♦ Nonprofit Organization ♦ Craft Programmatic Response ♦ Nonprofit Study ♦ Strategic Action ♦ Political Science ♦ Specific Environment ♦ Policy Decision-making ♦ Theoretically-informed Framework ♦ Social Problem ♦ Many Field ♦ Public Problem ♦ Identifiable Set ♦ Policy Environment ♦ Research Example ♦ Local Policy Actor ♦ Public Program ♦ Not-for-profit Work ♦ Local Government ♦ National Government ♦ Public Policy Environment ♦ Organization Theory ♦ Policy Field ♦ Implement Policy Ideal ♦ Policy Field Framework Analytic Step ♦ Local Actor ♦ Private Organization ♦ Nonprofit Sector ♦ Complex Environment ♦ Policy Parameter ♦ Public Management ♦ New Public Environment ♦ Evolving Role ♦ Nonprofit Research ♦ Public Problem Expands ♦ Policy Context ♦ Local Public Service Provision
Abstract While the importance of the public policy environment for strategic action of nonprofit organizations has become increasingly clear, research on nonprofits is often divorced from their policy context. The purpose of this paper is to present a theoretically-informed framework for analyzing policy environments that can inform nonprofit research. Drawing on insights from political science, organization theory, public management and nonprofit studies, we propose that the framework reflects a policy field which is an identifiable set of elements in a specific environment that directly shapes local public service provision. These elements include the structures created by institutions that deliver public programs and the ways in which state and local actors interact with and shape these structures as they work on public problems. Through a research example, the paper presents the policy field framework’s analytic steps. 1 As the scope of public problems expands and as more policy decision-making is devolved from the national government, local policy actors face an increasingly complex environment. Actors in state and local governments and a multitude of private organizations – both for-profit and not-for-profit – work in many fields to establish policy parameters, implement policy ideals, and craft programmatic responses to social problems. Furthermore, devolution and privatization have all contributed to the growth of the nonprofit sector more generally (Salamon 2002a; 2002b), and scholarly interest in the evolving role of nonprofits organizations in these new public environments has increased (Smith and Gronbjerg 2006;
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