Center for Civil Society Studies
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 mass media, philanthropy, and voluntary associations play defining roles. CBS Center for Civil Society Studies at Copenhagen Business School offers dedicated work mitigating this knowledge gap. Since 2013 the Center has been financed by a long-term combination of internal and external research funding based on public-private partnerships, including Carlsbergfondet, 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 that takes Danish case studies as the starting point and collating and contrasting with matching institutional cases, primarily from Continental Europe and US, 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 conveyed broadly through outreach to stakeholders, peer-reviewed publications in international journals, and diffusion via the press, radio and TV. The Center is systematically mapping key self-governing associations, foundatgions and other civil agents, supplementing market players and government actors. From this knowledge base, we study the current premises and future promises of civil society organizations, e.g. public benefit foundations, voluntary associations and social enterprises, in an historical and business perspective.
The core team of researchers at the Copenhagen Business School are 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.