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How to Establish a Study Association: Isomorphic Pressures on New CSOs Entering a Neo-Corporative Adult Education Field in Sweden
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)In: VOLUNTAS - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, ISSN 0957-8765, E-ISSN 1573-7888, Vol. 23, no 1, 182-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article aims to increase understanding of how the institutional model of a (neo) corporative state meets new forms in a changing civil society. This objective is accomplished by analyzing two case studies of Swedish organizations entering into the field of government-subsidized popular education: one youth organization and one Muslim organization. The institutionalist concepts isomorphism, isopraxism, isonymism, packaging and translation are used to analyze these. Empirically the article is based on qualitative analysis of interviews, observations and written documents. It is concluded that the translation of popular education as an organizational concept in these cases is characterized by coercive and mimetic isomorphism, isopraxism and isonymism to an extent that hinders development in the popular education field. There are also examples of emerging packaging changing the relationship between state and civil society. That issue, however, requires further qualitative research, as does the influence of corporatism on civil society organization in general.

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Springer, 2012. Vol. 23, no 1, 182-203 p.
Keyword [en]
Study associations, adult education, civil society, non-governmental organizations, Sweden, Muslims, youth organizations
Keyword [sv]
folkbildning, studieförbund, civilsamhälle, folkrörelser, Ibn Rushd, Sverok, ungdomsorganisationer
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Public Administration Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70553DOI: 10.1007/s11266-011-9186-4ISI: 000300014900010OAI: diva2:440393
Demokratiska lärprocesser i folkbildande organisationer
Available from: 2011-09-12 Created: 2011-09-12 Last updated: 2012-03-02

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