Edited by Matthew Harding
Chapter 5: An overview of the not-for-profit sector
This chapter first provides an overview of the idea of the not-for-profit sector, including the central organizing idea of the ‘non-distribution constraint’. It then introduces us to the not-for-profit sector today in four jurisdictions: the USA, the UK, Japan and China. In the former two jurisdictions, with their neo-liberal politics, the non-distribution constraint has come under increasing pressure, generating challenges in continuing to demarcate a not-for-profit sector. In the latter two jurisdictions, the identity of the sector has been challenged in different ways, due to heavy state involvement in the delivery of goods and services with which the sector is traditionally associated.
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