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Catalysts for Democracy: Non-Profit Organizations Facilitating Citizen Coproduction of Government Services

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Nesbit, Becky
Conference: Institutional Analysis and Development Mini-Conference and TransCoop Meeting
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Conf. Date: December
Date: 2002
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9318
Sector: Social Organization
Subject(s): democracy
public service
citizen participatory management
social change
institutional analysis
Abstract: "This paper looks at the intersection of the non-profit sector, the public sector, and the citizens of a democracy. It emphasizes the role of non-profits in fostering coproduction of public services. Non-profit organizations can foster coproduction by overcoming incentives that prevent coproduction. By changing the cost and benefit structure of coproduction and informing participants of the true benefits associated with coproduction. This increase in coproduction is actually an increase in civic participation which serves to strengthen civil society and democratic institutions. In this way, coproduction of services is necessary for a strong democracy."

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