Organisational community in transition
The Power and Democracy study ("Maktutredningen") argues that the traditional people's movements have lost their dominant position in favour of network-based and decentralised organisation structures (Tranvik og Selle, 2003). The organisations change their role in serving as links between individuals and society and the local and central political/administrative level, to becoming channels of influence through media, networking and lobbying activities. Such changes has seldom been studies in terms of national organisations in Norway. Through, for the first time, relating time series of the data sets from the local chapters and data from national organisations, we will examine the following questions:
What changes take place in the organisational population and organisational structure at the local, regional and national levels?
Which social spheres do organisations primarily target?
What is the scope of organisations with regard to membership, staff and finances, as well as contact with public authorities?