Governing boards play a crucial role in ensuring that public and
non-profit organizations are publicly accountable and perform well.
Until now, there have been relatively few detailed empirical
studies of what boards do in practice, but this book fills that gap
by bringing together analyses based upon some of the best recent
Using a new theoretical framework that highlights the
paradoxical nature of governance, the book throws light on the
questions at the heart of recent debates about non-profit
- are boards publicly accountable or is there a democratic
- are boards able to exercise real power, or does management run
- are boards effective stewards of an organization's
- what effects are regulatory and other changes designed to
improve board effectiveness having?
This book will be essential reading for academics and students
with an interest in the governance and management of public and
non-profit organizations, and will also be of value to policy
makers and practitioners who wish to gain a deeper understanding of
how boards work and what can be done to improve their
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