The Changing Relationship Between Non-profit Organizations and Public Social Service Agencies in the Era of Welfare Reform


The implementation of welfare reform in the United States provides another opportunity to assess the relationship between nonprofits and public social service agencies. The primary goal of this analysis is to identify the major forces affecting the county social services agencies as they sought to implement welfare reform and how these forces can affect the agency's relationship with community-based nonprofit service providers. The internal and external dimensions of the organizational change process are assessed in terms of the central concepts of devolution, privatization, and community building.

Austin, M.J.
Publication date: 
March 1, 2003
Publication type: 
Journal Article