Embedded Government Control and Nonprofit Revenue Growth

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This research combines insights from resource dependence and institutional theories to examine the growth of Chinese nonprofit revenues. The authors propose the concept of embedded government control (EGC) to capture the complexity of the government–nonprofit relationship along two dimensions: government regulation of nonprofits’ public fund-raising qualifications and the political embeddedness of nonprofits with the government. Using a data set of 2,159 Chinese philanthropic foundations for the period 2005–12, the authors test hypotheses about the implications of EGC for nonprofit revenues in China following two major external shocks: the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 and the Guo Meimei scandal in 2011. The empirical analysis shows that EGC can help philanthropic foundations obtain more government subsidies, donations, and market revenues. However, external shocks may either strengthen or weaken the enabling role of EGC in helping foundations acquire relatively more donations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-742
Number of pages13
JournalPublic Administration Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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