Irish voluntary hospitals: an examination of a theory of voluntary failure

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/78910
Title:
Irish voluntary hospitals: an examination of a theory of voluntary failure
Authors:
Robbins, Geraldine; Lapsley, Irvine
Affiliation:
Department of Accountancy and Finance, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland; The Management School,University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Publisher:
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Journal:
Accounting Business & Financial History
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/78910
DOI:
10.1080/09585200701824757
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This paper examines the success and failure of voluntary hospital organisations in Ireland during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The study draws on (and extends) Salamon’s theory of voluntary failure by examining the activities of religious organisations responsible for the ownership, management and delivery of acute hospital care. This theoretical perspective identifies a number of dimensions of organisational life for voluntary organisations, which precipitated the demise of organisations as voluntary sector entities, particularly issues of resource-dependency. This study shows that in the Irish hospital context many religiously owned voluntary hospitals have followed the predictable route to failure – culminating either in closure or transfer to public sector ownership, although some others have withstood the difficulties commonly encountered by voluntary organisations (VOs) as outlined by Salamon.
Keywords:
VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION; PUBLIC SECTOR; RELIGIOUS GROUP; FINANCE
ISSN:
09585206; 14664275

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRobbins, Geraldine-
dc.contributor.authorLapsley, Irvine-
dc.date.accessioned2009-08-27T14:36:45Z-
dc.date.available2009-08-27T14:36:45Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.issn09585206-
dc.identifier.issn14664275-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09585200701824757-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/78910-
dc.descriptionThis paper examines the success and failure of voluntary hospital organisations in Ireland during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The study draws on (and extends) Salamon’s theory of voluntary failure by examining the activities of religious organisations responsible for the ownership, management and delivery of acute hospital care. This theoretical perspective identifies a number of dimensions of organisational life for voluntary organisations, which precipitated the demise of organisations as voluntary sector entities, particularly issues of resource-dependency. This study shows that in the Irish hospital context many religiously owned voluntary hospitals have followed the predictable route to failure – culminating either in closure or transfer to public sector ownership, although some others have withstood the difficulties commonly encountered by voluntary organisations (VOs) as outlined by Salamon.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Groupen
dc.subjectVOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONen
dc.subjectPUBLIC SECTORen
dc.subjectRELIGIOUS GROUPen
dc.subjectFINANCEen
dc.titleIrish voluntary hospitals: an examination of a theory of voluntary failureen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Accountancy and Finance, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland; The Management School,University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UKen
dc.identifier.journalAccounting Business & Financial Historyen
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