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Managing expectations, demands and myths: Swedish study associations caught between civil society, the state and the market
Ersta Sköndal högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0207-6255
2013 (English)In: VOLUNTAS - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, ISSN 0957-8765, E-ISSN 1573-7888, Vol. 24, no 3, 537-558 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several challenges, external and internal, to the identity and position of civil society organizations exist today. Organizations may be tempted or coerced into closer cooperation with the state. There are also incentives to become more market oriented. This article deals with such struggles in Swedish study associations and how these organizations attempt to gain legitimacy. The tradition of the organization is an important legitimating aspect and so is efficiency. These two aspects can complement each other but may also collide. The article demonstrates how civil society organizations handle an influx of market logics and trends of professionalization when these clash with a civil society identity. The findings indicate that different isomorphic processes are at work. Cultural resources are used to handle conflicting myths, leading to varied discursive strategies and incidences of decoupling.

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2013. Vol. 24, no 3, 537-558 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-20938DOI: 10.1007/s11266-012-9271-3ISI: 000322458100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84880983731OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-20938DiVA: diva2:682006
Available from: 2013-12-20 Created: 2013-12-20 Last updated: 2017-06-22Bibliographically approved

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