Your browser has javascript turned off or blocked. This will lead to some parts of our website to not work properly or at all. Turn on javascript for best performance.

The browser you are using is not supported by this website. All versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported, either by us or Microsoft (read more here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-ie-support).

Please use a modern browser to fully experience our website, such as the newest versions of Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc.

Malin Arvidson. Photo: Patrik Hekkala

Malin Arvidson

Senior lecturer

Malin Arvidson. Photo: Patrik Hekkala

Advocacy Compromised : How Financial, Organizational and Institutional Factors Shape Advocacy Strategies of Civil Society Organizations

Author

  • Malin Arvidson
  • Håkan Johansson
  • Roberto Scaramuzzino

Summary, in English

Key functions of civil society organizations (CSOs) are to criticize governments and to hold them to account. Recent trends of privatization and contracting out challenge CSOs’ opportunities to voice such criticism. The purpose of this article is to analyse whether and why CSOs ‘hold back their criticism’ of public authorities, and how a compromised advocacy can be linked to financial, organizational and institutional factors. The article draws on an original survey of 2678 Swedish CSOs. The analyses show that certain levels of funding make CSOs more likely to hold back in their criticism, but also organizational and institutional factors play a role. The results identify the importance of distinguishing between objective and subjective factors related to how dependency is framed. It is the felt needs, experiences and perceptions of CSOs themselves that make hem prone to the strategic choice to hold back criticism of public authorities.

Department/s

  • School of Social Work

Publishing year

2018-08

Language

English

Pages

844-856

Publication/Series

Voluntas

Volume

29

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Springer

Topic

  • Social Work

Keywords

  • Advocacy
  • Civil society organizations
  • Competition
  • Resource dependence
  • Service function

Status

Published

Project

  • Beyond the welfare state: Europeanization of Swedish civil society organizations (EUROCIV)

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0957-8765