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.

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, Tuborgfondet, Jyllands-Postens Fond and Politikens Fond.

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 the USA, the UK, Germany, Norway and Sweden. In so doing, the Center will benefit from the experiences of other nations, and analyse the particular circumstances and phenomena, challenges and possibilities related to civil society norms in Denmark.  Four senior researchers and three Ph.D.-students constitute the core team, complemented by leading international researchers as visiting professors, i.e. we welcome scholars on sabbatical to take part in the activities at CBS Center for Civil Society Studies.

More specifically the Center will combine qualitative and quantitative research methods. The analyses will be 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 mediating sector, supplementing market players and government actors. From this knowledge base, we study the current premises and future promises of civil society in an historical perspective. The inspiration emanates from international, cutting edge research dealing with Shared Value Creation, Stakeholder Relations, and Social Entrepreneurship.

For more details see www.civilsamfundet.dk

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