Handbook of Cultural Economics, Third Edition
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Handbook of Cultural Economics, Third Edition

Edited by Ruth Towse and Trilce Navarrete Hernández

Cultural economics has become well established as a subject of interest for students and teachers of courses ranging from economics to arts administration as well as for policy-makers and practitioners in the creative industries. Digitisation has had a tremendous impact on many areas of the creative economy and the third edition of this popular book fully reflects it.
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Chapter 42: Non-profit organizations

Dick Netzer


The non-profit organizational structure is essential to the cultural sector, although this importance varies across different countries. It is especially vital in the USA, where the historic direct role of government in financing arts and culture has been limited. The essential characteristics of non-profit firms are identified, and important variations across different countries, including how they are distinct from the state, are identified. Important challenges facing non-profit managers are also identified, and the some of the effects on organizational behaviour of having to rely upon a large variety of funding sources are discussed. Statistical descriptions of the non-profit sector in the USA, including performing arts organizations and museums, along with narrower descriptions focused on art museums are provided, and where possible, comparisons are made over time, and internationally.

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