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Promoting civil society in contemporary Poland: Gendered results of institutional changes
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8263-5530
2014 (English)In: VOLUNTAS - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, ISSN 0957-8765, E-ISSN 1573-7888, Vol. 25, no 4, 949-967 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is a contribution to the ongoing discussion concerning factors determining the development of civil society in a post-state socialist context. It examines the financial mechanisms designed to promote civic engagement in Poland, including EU grants and the so-called ‘percentage law’ that allows citizens to support NGOs of their choice with 1 % of their taxes. A detailed analysis of these mechanisms demonstrates that they are advantageous for some types of non-governmental organizations and not for others. Instead of enhancing the situation of the whole sector, they tend to support NGOs that already have substantial resources and hold a strong position vis-à-vis the state. Moreover, organizations and groups fighting for issues considered to be controversial—such as women’s NGOs advocating for the right to abortion or criticizing authorities for their lack of concern when it comes to violence against women—have limited chances to gain financial support from both the state and those sources that are independent from the state. This shows how seemingly gender-neutral institutional arrangements may bring gendered results. The following analysis is based on available statistics (several reports provided by the Klon-Jawor Association, Social Diagnosis Reports from 2007 and 2011) and qualitative data (semi-structured interviews and discourse analysis of the Polish media).

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Springer US, 2014. Vol. 25, no 4, 949-967 p.
Keyword [en]
civil society, women's organizations, NGOs, Poland, percentage laws, EU grants
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Sociology
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21411DOI: 10.1007/s11266-013-9388-zISI: 000339906800006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84904467807Local ID: 1751/42/2008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-21411DiVA: diva2:688143
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National mobilization strategies and transnational networks: social movements in East and West
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1751/42/2008
Available from: 2014-01-16 Created: 2014-01-16 Last updated: 2016-10-10Bibliographically approved

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