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Civil Society Organizations Going European?: The Europeanization of Swedish CSOs
Lunds universitet.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3886-0298
2015 (English)In: SAGE Open, ISSN 2158-2440, E-ISSN 2158-2440, Vol. April-June, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores factors that influence Swedish civil society organizations’ (CSOs) degree of activity at different geographical and administrative levels and, in particular, how they are affected by processes of Europeanization in the social welfare policy area. The present study is based on a national survey and includes approximately 1,600 Swedish CSOs. Despite the often claimed mismatch between the Swedish welfare model and European Union (EU) level social policy measures, EU membership has opened a new level of opportunities for activities for Swedish CSOs. The results show that Swedish CSOs are mostly active at the local level and very seldom at the European level. The strongest factor contributing to Swedish CSOs’ degree of activity at the European level is the perceived relevance of this level. Furthermore, resources have a great impact. CSOs that can claim strong representativeness and that have access to employed staff are more likely to be Europeanized.

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SAGE Open, 2015. Vol. April-June, 1-14 p.
Keyword [en]
social science, political behavior, social movements and activism, social work, collective behavior/social movements, Europeanization, Sweden, social welfare
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27678DOI: 10.1177/2158244015587561OAI: diva2:818405
Beyond the Welfare State: Europeanization of Swedish Civil Society Organizations (EUROCIV)
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1678
Available from: 2015-06-08 Created: 2015-06-08 Last updated: 2016-09-21Bibliographically approved

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