Human Services and the Voluntary Sector: Towards a Theory of Comparative Advantage

  title={Human Services and the Voluntary Sector: Towards a Theory of Comparative Advantage},
  author={D. Billis and H. Glennerster},
  journal={Journal of Social Policy},
This article explores whether human service organisations in the voluntary sector possess characteristics which might assure them of possible comparative advantages over the for-profit and public sectors with respect to certain sorts of users. We argue that there are inherent structural characteristics of organisations in each sector (for example, ownership, stakeholders and resources) which predispose them to respond more or less sensitively to different states of ‘disadvantage’ experienced… Expand
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