The History of Non-Profit Organisations in Australia as a Test of some Recent Non-Profit Theory

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CACOM UTS
Publication Type:
Working Paper
Citation:
Lyons, M. 1992, The History of Non-Profit Organisations in Australia as a Test of Some Recent Non-Profit Theory, CACOM Working Paper no. 7.
Issue Date:
1992-07
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The following paper seeks to review the adequacy of the most commonly cited, or popular, explanations for the origin and strength of non-profit organisations by testing their ability to explain important instances of the origins, growth and transformation of non-profit organisations in Australia. It is written by an historian who looks to other social sciences for ideas. It finds the popular economics-generated theories helpful but limited, largely because they are interested only in some of all possible types of non-profit organisations.
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