Who Has the Power? The Role of NPOs in Local Authorities

Dorit Bar-Nir*, John Gal

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Recent years have seen accelerated processes of decentralization and devolution of social services from central government toward local authorities and from them to non-profit organizations (NPOs). This article describes a case study of the process of transition of power from a local authority to a NPO and the outcomes of this transition on public policy making. The findings presented in the article are based on a qualitative analysis of documents over a period of 7 years (1999-2006) in a large local authority in Israel and its relations with a NPO which provide services for the elderly.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Israel
  • Local authority
  • Non-profit organization
  • Power


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