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Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies

Civic Engagement in Scandinavia

Volunteering, Informal Help and Giving in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Editors: Henriksen, Lars Skov, Strømsnes, Kristin, Svedberg, Lars (Eds.)

  • Provides an empirical overview of civic engagement within and across different fields as it has developed in the three countries over nearly three decades
  • 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
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About this book

Since the 1990’s, a number of studies have documented a remarkable high and stable amount of popular engagement in civic organizations in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Often these countries have been considered deviant cases against the proliferating decline of social capital studies.

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.

About the authors

Lars Skov Henriksen is professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focusses on civil society in a historical and comparative perspective, transformations of civic engagement, and new forms participation. He directed the Danish national population study on civic engagement in 2012. Currently he is involved in a project about cross-sector welfare collaboration between state and civil society.

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.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Understanding Civic Engagement in the Scandinavian Context

    Henriksen, Lars Skov (et al.)

    Pages 1-31

  • The Scandinavian Organizational Landscape: Extensive and Different

    Selle, Per (et al.)

    Pages 33-66

  • Trends in Volunteering in Scandinavia

    Qvist, Hans-Peter Y. (et al.)

    Pages 67-94

  • Beyond Voluntary Organizations and the Welfare State: Patterns of Informal Helping in the Scandinavian Countries

    Jegermalm, Magnus (et al.)

    Pages 95-111

  • Giving in Scandinavia

    Vamstad, Johan (et al.)

    Pages 113-134

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98717-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98716-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Civic Engagement in Scandinavia
Book Subtitle
Volunteering, Informal Help and Giving in Denmark, Norway and Sweden
Editors
  • Lars Skov Henriksen
  • Kristin Strømsnes
  • Lars Svedberg
Series Title
Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98717-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98717-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98716-3
Series ISSN
1568-2579
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 234
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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