Center for Civil Society Studies

The goal of the research center is to foster original contributions to civil society studies in line with the leading international trends in the research field.

CBS Center for Civil Society Studies

Social science has much to offer when it comes to knowledge of state and market, but not nearly as much when it comes to knowledge of civil society where the mass media, philanthropy, and voluntary associations play defining roles. By the establishment of the Center for Civil Society Studies at Copenhagen Business School, this lack of research-based knowledge will be mitigated. The Center, inaugurated in March, 2013, has been financed by a long-term combination of internal and external research funding based on public private partnerships, including Realdania, TrygFonden, and Tuborgfondet.

The goal of the research center is to foster original contributions to civil society studies in line with the leading international trends in the research field. By employing a comparative research perspective taking Danish case studies as the starting point and collating and contrasting with matching institutional cases, primarily from Continental Europe. In so doing, the Center challenges dogma and possibilities related to civil society norms in Denmark. 

More specifically the Center combines qualitative and quantitative research methods. The analyses have been broadly conveyed through outreach to stakeholders, peer reviewed publications in international journals, and diffusion via the press, radio and TV. The Center is systematically mapping key agents of the third sector, supplementing market players and government actors. From this knowledge base, we study the current premises and future promises of civil society organizations in an historical and business perspective.

Four senior researchers and three junior researchers constitute the core team, complemented by leading international researchers as visiting scholars, i.e. we welcome scholars on sabbatical to take part in the activities at CBS Center for Civil Society Studies.

For more details see www.civilsamfundet.dk

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