Governing Government-Nonprofit Partnerships: Linking Governance Mechanisms to Collaboration Stages

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How are government-nonprofit partnerships governed when nonprofits play significant roles in financing and creating public services? This article examines the linkage between governance mechanisms and various collaboration stages of government-nonprofit partnerships. Using a multiple case design of 10 government-nonprofit partnerships for public parks in major cities of the Ohio River Basin Region, four major mechanisms are identified: representing government on the nonprofit board, reaching a formal agreement, building relationships, and building leadership capacity. Several related propositions are presented to facilitate future theory testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-212
Number of pages23
JournalPublic Performance and Management Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author wishes to thank Beth Gazley, Burnell Fischer, Michael McGuire, Chao Guo, Daniel Cole, Judith Millesen, Curtis Child, Lewis Faulk, and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on this article.

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© 2018, © 2018 Taylor & Francis.


  • governance
  • management of services
  • nonprofit organizations
  • partnership
  • public-private interaction


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