Civic Engagement in Scandinavia - Volunteering, Informal Help and Giving in Denmark, Norway and Sweden
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However, despite great international interest in the Scandinavian region, the volume argues that the civil societies and the civic engagement of these countries remain poorly understood. Most interest in the Scandinavian welfare models addresses the balance between state and market, but under communicates the role played by civil society and popular engagement in associations and voluntary organizations.
The contributions offer a coherent portrait of stability and change in formal and informal forms of civic engagement over the past 25 years as well as offering contextualized knowledge of the history and institutional design in which Scandinavian civil societies are embedded.
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Chp. 1: Civic Engagement in Scandinavia. Introduction to the Volume.- Chp. 2: The Scandinavian Organizational Landscape. Extensive, Deviant and Important.- Chp. 3: Trends in Volunteering in Scandinavia.- Chp. 4: Patterns of informal helping in the Scandinavian welfare states.- Chp. 5: Donations in a high tax environment.- Chp. 6: New forms of civic participation – Implications of social media on civic participation and organization in Scandinavia.- Chp. 7: The role of gender in volunteering and other non-profit activities in Scandinavia.- Chp. 8: The societal role of volunteering – remarks on the moral logic of the Scandinavian volunteer sector.
Contextualizes background information on the institutional design and balance between state, market, and civil society in the Scandinavian countries
Discusses continuities and transformations in Scandinavian civic engagement in an effort to trace plausible explanations for stability and/or changes
Kristin Strømsnes is professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen and Senior Researcher at the Uni Research Rokkan Centre. The academic year 2018-2019, she is a Democracy Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School – Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. She was one of the founders of the Norwegian Centre for Research on Civil Society and Voluntary Sector. Her main research interests are political participation and mobilization, civic engagement and social capital, as well as the Scandinavian civil society model.
Lars Svedberg is senior professor and founder of the Institute for civil society studies at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Stockholm, Sweden. His main research interests include civic engagement, the role of civil society within welfare regimes and marginal positions.