Use and Perceptions on the Availability of Local Government and Nonprofit Services in Diverse Urban Settings

SAGE Journals - Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 2019

American University School of Public Affairs Research Paper Forthcoming

40 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2020

See all articles by Khaldoun Abou Assi

Khaldoun Abou Assi

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Lewis Faulk

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Long Tran

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Lilli Shaffer

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Minjung Kim

American University

Date Written: March 2, 2019

Abstract

This analysis tests fundamental nonprofit theory using individual-level demand side data, which complements existing studies that have relied on organizational- and community-level variables alone. We use survey and administrative data to test the relationship between individuals’ perceptions and use of local government services and their reported use of nonprofit services, controlling for the density of organizations around respondents’ addresses. Individuals who report being better served by government services are significantly more likely to report using nonprofit services – while individuals who report being unserved by the government are also less likely to report access to nonprofits, despite the actual density of organizations around them. These findings support theories of interdependence between government and nonprofit sectors. However, income-based disparities in perceived access to nonprofit services highlight persistent gaps in serving all individuals on the local level.

Keywords: Nonprofits, Government Failure Theory, Interdependence Theory

Suggested Citation

Abou Assi, Khaldoun and Faulk, Lewis and Tran, Long and Shaffer, Lilli and Kim, Minjung, Use and Perceptions on the Availability of Local Government and Nonprofit Services in Diverse Urban Settings (March 2, 2019). SAGE Journals - Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 2019, American University School of Public Affairs Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3518734

Khaldoun Abou Assi (Contact Author)

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

Lewis Faulk

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

Long Tran

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Lilli Shaffer

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/js4358a.cfm

Minjung Kim

American University ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

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