This research explores what roles nonprofits play in political representation, using the concept of representational styles and foci. Representational foci refer to those whom nonprofits aim to mainly serve: members, constituents, and the general public. Representational styles denote how nonprofits act on behalf of those people: the delegation, trusteeship, and educational styles. Survey and regression analysis results reveal that nonprofits aiming to mainly serve their members are most likely to directly convey their members’ voices to policy makers – the delegation style. In contrast, nonprofits that aim to advocate primarily for their constituents are likely to pursue what they independently identify as the best interests of their constituents – the trusteeship style. On the other hand, nonprofits that aim to speak chiefly for the general public are most likely to act on their own initiative based on their own assessment of policy issues and to work toward educating the general public – the trusteeship and educational styles.
Representational Roles of Nonprofit Organizations in the Public Policy Process
Tuesday, January 24, 2012