ERIC Number: ED238179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-16
Reference Count: 0
The Private Provision of Public Services: A Comparison of Sweden and Holland.
Although education and other quasi-public services are financed by the government in both Holland and Sweden, the public/private division of finance and provision of these services that exists in Holland has no counterpart in Sweden, where provision of services is delegated to local governments and the private nonprofit sector is negligible. Nevertheless, nonprofit organizations play a crucial intermediary role in the Swedish political process. Accordingly, the experience of these two countries is compared in order to analyze the socioeconomic determinants and consequences of the two divergent systems. Part 1 examines data on Sweden in light of three predictive hypotheses specifying the political and cultural conditions conducive to a large nongovernmental nonprofit sector. Part 2 examines the behavior and the problems of private institutions providing educational services in Sweden, both currently and historically. Part 3 compares the behavior of Swedish and Dutch nonprofit organizations. Despite vast differences in the sizes and roles of the private sectors in the two countries, their nonprofit institutions behave in strikingly similar ways. A cross-sectional comparison of these and other countries suggests that the division of responsibilities between governments and nonprofit sectors tends to be complementary rather than competitive in nature. Statistical tables are provided. (TE)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Context, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Institutional Cooperation, Nonprofit Organizations, Politics of Education, Private Education, Private School Aid, Shared Services, Social Structure, Social Systems, Sociocultural Patterns
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Inst. for Social and Policy Studies.
Identifiers: Netherlands; Sweden
Note: A publication of the Program on Non-Profit Organizations of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Colloquium paper presented at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC, June 16, 1982).