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Voluntary Associations within the Local Political Context: How Characteristics of the Organizations and the Local Governments Influence Perceptions of Success
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. Ersta Sköndal University College.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9314-9071
2014 (English)In: VOLUNTAS - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, ISSN 0957-8765, E-ISSN 1573-7888, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 1041-1061Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A cornerstone of democracy is the capacity of citizens to influence political decisions either through elections or by making their will known in the periods between elections. The aim of the present study is twofold: (1) to explore what factors inherent of the voluntary associations that determine the perceived success in their attempts to influence policy and (2) to investigate what role the composition of the local government have on the perceived success. This study is based on a survey conducted among 404 local voluntary associations in four different municipalities in Sweden. The results show that the frequency contacts influence perceived success positively, while the level of civic engagement of the voluntary associations affected the perceived success negatively. Having a heterogeneous local government also contributed positively to the perceived success to influence policy.

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2014. Vol. 25, no 4, p. 1041-1061
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Voluntary associations, political participation, civil society, local government
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-18566DOI: 10.1007/s11266-013-9383-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-18566DiVA, id: diva2:609448
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Publ online June 2013

Available from: 2013-03-05 Created: 2013-03-05 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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