Insider Status and Outsider Tactics: Advocacy Tactics of Human Service Nonprofits in the Age of New Public Governance

Michal Almog-Bar*

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Abstract

Policy advocacy is an eminent feature of the activities of non-profit human service organizations (NPHSOs), allowing them to represent their constituencies, in addition to their core activity as providers of social services in welfare states. The article presents findings on the advocacy tactics of 47 NPHSOs in Israel, focusing on the ways in which partnership policies in the age of New Public Governance affect their activities. The findings reveal that the shift towards increased governmental funding and contracting-out to nonprofits, as part of the NPG scheme, increases opportunities for the NPHSOs to influence public policy, using a wide variety of both insider cooperative tactics and more confrontational outsider tactics. NPHSOs are firstly concerned with establishing their insider status, using cooperative tactics. After achieving this goal, they feel confident enough to turn to more aggressive outsider tactics, utilizing their relative power as major providers of social services.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)411-428
Number of pages18
JournalNonprofit Policy Forum
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Almog-Bar, published by De Gruyter.

Keywords

  • New Public Governance
  • advocacy

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