A Test for the Welfare-Partnership: Austria’s Nonprofit Human Service Organizations in Times of Covid-19

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The pandemic has impeded Austrian NPHSOs on multiple levels: service delivery, income streams, costs, and human resources. To analyze the consequences, we tackle two questions: How has the neo-corporatist welfarepartnership between the government and NPHSOs passed this stress-test? What are the potential effects on the overall composition of the sector? Theoretically, we draw on social origins theory to explain the welfarepartnership in Vienna. Empirically, we analyze online-survey-data and interviews with NPHSO-executives from 2021. The results indicate that Vienna’s welfare-partnership has passed this stress-test successfully, but overall in favor of large NPHSOs, thus forwarding concentration in the sector.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalHuman Service Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Mar 2023

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502023 NPO research


  • Welfare Partnership
  • NPOs
  • COVID-19 pandemic

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