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Municipal policies and local voluntary organizations

Project period 2018 - 2020
Project employer Kulturdepartementet
Project leader Bernard Enjolras

Project Background

Local authorities, municipalities and counties are important agents in the organizing and financing of local voluntary organizations. However, we know little about how local authorities collaborate with voluntary organizations.

This project will, based on case studies in selected communes and counties, contribute to create new knowledge about local and regional policies toward the voluntary sector and their significance for the democratic role and economic framework conditions of voluntary organizations at the local level.

Project Aim

The project will examine the interaction between voluntary organizations and local and regional authorities in the following areas:

  • culture and recreational activities
  • health and care-work
  • the upbringing conditions for children and youth
  • the integration of minority groups
  • emergency response

The project will identify which conditions should be in place for the interaction between local policies and voluntary organizations to be successful in different areas. In addition, the project will examine how the interaction between local policies and national sectorial policies influences the voluntary organization’s framework conditions and activities within the respective policy-areas.

The project will also investigate to what degree and in what ways different levels of government (municipality, county, state) influence local voluntary organization’s activities and framework conditions. Finally, the project will map the extent of collaboration between voluntary organizations and the local public sector.


Daniel Arnesen PhD Senior Research Fellow +47 415 57 586 Send e-mail
Ivar Eimhjellen PhD Senior Research Fellow Send e-mail
Bernard Enjolras PhD Research Professor, Director Center for research on civil society and voluntary sector +47 976 89 237 Send e-mail
Rune Ervik Dr.polit Research Professor Send e-mail
Karl Henrik Sivesind Dr. polit. Research Professor +47 997 06 127 Send e-mail
Tord Skogedal Lindén PhD Research Director Send e-mail
Håkon Solbu Trætteberg PhD Senior Research Fellow +47 920 54 308 Send e-mail
Ines Wagner PhD Research Professor +47 907 82 170 Send e-mail
Marte Winsvold PhD Senior Research Fellow +47 930 33 752 Send e-mail
Tags: Civil Society
Published May 24, 2018 10:23 AM - Last modified June 15, 2020 9:25 AM