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Myths and Traditions as Constraints or Resources?: Path Dependency and Decoupling Strategies among Civil Society Organizations
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Social Sciences, Avdelningen för forskning om det civila samhället.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0207-6255
2015 (English)In: Journal of Civil Society, ISSN 1744-8689, E-ISSN 1744-8697, Vol. 11, no 1, 19-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

History and traditions are important for many civil society organizations (CSOs). However, they have to mediate between their original mission and modern-day realities. This article argues that the concept of decoupling can enrich analyses of how organizations deal with path dependency. Hence, theoretically, the article discusses cross-fertilization between historical and organizational institutionalism. This is illustrated through a study of Swedish CSOs using survey data, interviews and documents. The Swedish popular movement tradition is argued to be a path that is not easily abandoned, and the results show how actors in CSOs find history to be both a resource and a constraint. Furthermore, different decoupling strategies, including both reversed and official decoupling, are used to balance between historical legacies and current challenges.

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2015. Vol. 11, no 1, 19-38 p.
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Path dependency, Decoupling, Civil society, Popular movement, Popular education, New institutionalism
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-4184DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2015.1009695OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-4184DiVA: diva2:761631
Available from: 2014-11-07 Created: 2014-11-07 Last updated: 2016-02-15Bibliographically approved

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