Government funding, employment conditions, and work organization in non-profit community services: a comparative study

Ian Cunningham, Donna Baines, Sara Charlesworth

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The article provides a comparative exploration of New Public Management (NPM) funding models on the non-profit sectors in the UK and Australia, and the implications for services, employment conditions, and worker commitment. A degree of convergence exists around the principles of NPM in the two case studies, creating employment regimes of low pay, casualization, and work intensification. Enhanced vulnerability to pay cuts in the UK, and insecurity in Australia are explained by national differences in exposure to recession, industrial relations institutions, and competition, leading to diminishing worker commitment and raising important concerns for policy-makers as benefits gained from outsourcing to non-profits are eroded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-598
Number of pages17
JournalPublic Administration
Issue number3
Early online date20 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014


  • new public management funding
  • employment conditions
  • worker commitment
  • work organisation

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