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Myths and Traditions as Constraints or Resources?: Path Dependency and Decoupling Strategies among Civil Society Organizations
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Ersta Sköndal högskola.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Civil Society, ISSN 1744-8689, E-ISSN 1744-8697, Vol. 11, no 1, 19-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

History and traditions are important for many civil society organizations (CSOs). However, they have to mediate between their original mission and modern-day realities. This article argues that the concept of decoupling can enrich analyses of how organizations deal with path dependency. Hence, theoretically, the article discusses cross-fertilization between historical and organizational institutionalism. This is illustrated through a study of Swedish CSOs using survey data, interviews and documents. The Swedish popular movement tradition is argued to be a path that is not easily abandoned, and the results show how actors in CSOs find history to be both a resource and a constraint. Furthermore, different decoupling strategies, including both reversed and official decoupling, are used to balance between historical legacies and current challenges.

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2015. Vol. 11, no 1, 19-38 p.
Keyword [en]
Path dependency, decoupling, civil society, popular movement, popular education, new institutionalism
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25194DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2015.1009695ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84929293519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-25194DiVA: diva2:761627
Available from: 2014-11-07 Created: 2014-11-07 Last updated: 2015-11-26Bibliographically approved

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