Myths and Traditions as Constraints or Resources?: Path Dependency and Decoupling Strategies among Civil Society Organizations
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 11, no 1, 19-38 p.
Path dependency, decoupling, civil society, popular movement, popular education, new institutionalism
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25194DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2015.1009695ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84929293519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-25194DiVA: diva2:761627