Publication
Title
Live to fight another day? Organizational maintenance and mortality anxiety of civil society organizations
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Abstract
Communities of civil society organizations are characterized by substantial volatility, as new organizations are continuously established and old ones are regularly disbanded. This article aims to improve our understanding of the dynamic nature of civil society by focusing on a particular aspect of organizational maintenance, namely, mortality anxiety. Building upon previous work that assesses actual and perceived survival chances of civil society organizations, we examine how inter-organizational competition, ties with public authorities, and the internal institutionalization of civil society organizations shape how these groups assess their survival chances. Our results demonstrate that high levels of inter-organizational competition and a strong reliance on government funding significantly increase mortality anxiety. Furthermore, they highlight the importance of a professionalized and internally differentiated structure. We rely on survey data and focus on the case of Belgium, in this way providing a first assessment of mortality anxiety in a neo-corporatist political system.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Nonprofit and voluntary sector quarterly. - Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : 2018
ISSN
0899-7640
Volume/pages
47:6(2018), p. 1249-1270
ISI
000450311600007
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
Understanding contemporary interest group politics: mobilization and strategies in multi-layered systems (iBias).
The organizational development of national interests groups in a European comparative perspective.
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 10.12.2018
Last edited 11.09.2021
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