Why aren’t non-profits overseen like for-profits?

The British government is reviewing its relationship with Oxfam in the wake of sex allegations against some of the charity’s staff members. (AP)

SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolšak, UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash and Political Science Ph.D. student Sirindah (Christianna) Parr recently wrote a piece featured in The Washington Post Monkey Cage on the Oxfam scandal titled “The Oxfam scandal shows that, yes, nonprofits can behave badly. So why aren’t they overseen like for-profits?” The civic sector plays an important role in the contemporary society. Yet, the Oxfam scandal (and other scandals that are now getting revealed) raises serious questions about our theoretical understanding of the nonprofit sector. Professor Dolšak and her co-authors highlight areas where oversight of NPO/NGOs is lacking and explain why.