Understanding Civil Society’s Positioning and Strategies during the Crisis

  • Maria Zafiropoulou
Part of the New Perspectives on South-East Europe book series (NPSE)


Traditionally, in Greece, civil society is examined in a political or economic context. The originality of this chapter is that the reading frame proposed is inspired by managerial studies and is based on a model of positioning of the formal and informal civil society organizations according to types of proximity (geographic versus affinity) and governance/regulation arrangements. Based on a qualitative survey of 79 non-governmental organizations and informal groups of civil society, the chapter examines the real and self-perceived positioning of civil society in times of crisis regarding regulation and proximity strategies and maps civil society organizations on the basis of their activity sector (society and solidarity, health and social welfare, economy, education-culture-environment and multiple sectors) located in Athens and in the periphery (Patras).


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  • Maria Zafiropoulou
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  1. 1.Hellenic Open UniversityPatrasGreece

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