The Theories of Non-profits: A Reality Check from Slovakia


  • Mária Murray Svidroňová Matej Bel University, Faculty of Economics, Tajovskeho 10, 97401 Banská Bystrica
  • Gabriela Vaceková Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Lipová 41a, 602 00 Brno
  • Vladislav Valentinov Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies, Theodor-Lieser-Str 2, 06120, Halle



non-profit sector. Slovakia. Societal values. Functional systems.


The goal of the paper is to analyze the economic determinants of the non-profit sector in Slovakia. In contrast to the neoclassical market failure approach, we build on the institutionalist and systems-theoretic framework that draws attention to the shortcomings of the dominant institutional structures of the private for-profit and public sectors. Utilizing a representative survey of 60 nonprofits, we identify their key characteristics and single out the “supply-side” and “interdependence” theories as their most useful explanations. These results accentuate the role of nonprofits in realizing societal values, while taking account of institutional complementarities, regional variations, and legal peculiarities.

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