Quotation Meyer, Michael, Moder, Clara Maria, Neumayr, Michaela, Vandor, Peter. 2020. Civil Society and Its Institutional Context in CEE. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 31 811-827.




Although civil societies in Central and Eastern Europe are often portrayed as similar, united by a shared communist past, they have developed along increasingly divergent trajectories over the past three decades. This article investigates the current state of civil society in the region and the role the institutional context plays in it. Drawing on historical institutionalism and the process of European integration, we classify the 14 countries under investigation into three distinct groups and analyze data from a survey of more than 350 local civil society experts. We find that, together with domestic governments, international donors and the EU are perceived as the most influential institutional actors for civil society organizations. Their respective influences, however, depend largely on a country’s stage in the EU accession process. Overall, the study provides a differentiated mapping of civil society in this region and a better understanding of how the institutional context relates to a country’s civil society.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Civil Society and Its Institutional Context in CEE
Volume 31
Year 2020
Page from 811
Page to 827
Reviewed? Y
URL https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs11266-019-00106-7.pdf
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-019-00106-7
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://rdcu.be/bqAMN


CEE Civil Society Research
Meyer, Michael (Details)
Moder, Clara Maria (Former researcher)
Neumayr, Michaela (Details)
Vandor, Peter (Details)
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
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