Purchasing Services: The Public Interest and Common Goods in Welfare Society
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
The paper is divided into three parts: The next part, places the historical emergence of the nonprofit sector and the social agency as a nonprofit corporation within the transformation from a colonial mercantilist economy and government of aristocratic great households and public subsidy through a laissez faire period of minimal public-private partnership to a contemporary mixed economy of business firms, social agencies and other nonprofit organizations. The second part identifies three unintended consequences of the mixed economy of purchase of human service contracting: the emergence of personal care systems for the aged, chronically mentally ill, developmentally disabled, and children; the creation of an entirely new class of nonprofit firm; and the creation of state-level political constituencies for public human service agencies. Finally, post-colonial laissez-faire doctrines of government are tied to the rise of the voluntary sector in the late 19th century.
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Lohmann, Roger A., "Purchasing Services: The Public Interest and Common Goods in Welfare Society" (1990). Faculty & Staff Scholarship. 2953.
Paper presented at The General Welfare and Common Goods in the 1990s: Partnerships in the Purchase of Services. The First Annual Nonprofit Management Academy Research Conference. Morgantown, WV. December 12, 1990.