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Scandinavian Civil Society and Social Transformations

The Case of Norway

  • Bernard Enjolras
  • Kristin Strømsnes

Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Bernard Enjolras, Kristin Strømsnes
    Pages 1-24
  3. Ivar Eimhjellen, Kari Steen-Johnsen, Bjarte Folkestad, Guro Ødegård
    Pages 25-65
  4. Karl Henrik Sivesind, Daniel Arnesen, Trygve Gulbrandsen, Åsta Dyrnes Nordø, Bernard Enjolras
    Pages 67-116
  5. Per Selle, Kristin Strømsnes, Jill Loga
    Pages 117-163
  6. Bernard Enjolras, Kristin Strømsnes
    Pages 165-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-195

About this book


This book aims at presenting a conceptual apparatus and empirical analysis of the ways Nordic civil society is affected by social transformations by focusing on the Norwegian case. The Norwegian empirical focus allows identifying processes and factors of change that are relevant outside this context and enable us to understand, on a more general basis, the relationship between social transformations and transformations affecting the voluntary sector.

This book will make an original contribution to the field of comparative civil society studies both by increasing the available knowledge on the Nordic civil society model and by analyzing the societal transformations affecting civil society over time.


rapid societal changes affecting the voluntary sector public-policy environment of the voluntary sector Nordic model and comprehensive welfare state patterns of mobilization in social popular movements Norwegian institutional transformations in civil society

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernard Enjolras
    • 1
  • Kristin Strømsnes
    • 2
  1. 1.Institutt for Social ResearchOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Comparative PoliticsUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

About the editors

Bernard Enjolras is a Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo. He is Director of the Center for Research on Civil Society and Voluntary Sector. He has been the coordinator of the EU-FP7 project Third Sector Impact and Editor-in-Chief of Voluntas International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (ISTR, Springer), as well as Deputy Director and  Research Director at the Institute for Social research (2006-2014). His research interests are related to different aspects of civil society and the third sector, public policies and governance issues, civic and political engagement, social media and digitalization, terror and trust, and freedom of speech. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, from the University of Québec in Montréal (Canada) and a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Paris I. Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). He also is a graduate from the Institut dʼEtudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-po). 

Kristin Strømsnes is Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen and Senior Researcher at the Uni Research Rokkan Centre. She was one of the founders of Center for Research on Civil Society and Voluntary Sector in 2008, and functioned as Research Coordinator for the center the first five years.  Among her main research interests are political participation and mobilization, voluntary organizations and social capital, as well as the Scandinavian civil society model.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Scandinavian Civil Society and Social Transformations
  • Book Subtitle The Case of Norway
  • Editors Bernard Enjolras
    Kristin Strømsnes
  • Series Title Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Nonprofit,Civil Society Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-77263-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08414-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-77264-6
  • Series ISSN 1568-2579
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 195
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Organizational Studies, Economic Sociology
    Public Policy
    European Politics
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