Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Bernard Enjolras
    Pages 1-5 Open Access
  3. Lester M. Salamon, Wojciech Sokolowski
    Pages 7-48 Open Access
  4. Lester M. Salamon, Wojciech Sokolowski
    Pages 49-94 Open Access
  5. Bernard Enjolras, Karl Henrik Sivesind
    Pages 95-124 Open Access
  6. Annette Zimmer, Benedikt Pahl
    Pages 125-160 Open Access
  7. Bernard Enjolras
    Pages 161-176 Open Access
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 177-196

About this book


This book provides a critical account of the third sector and its future in Europe. It offers an original conceptualization of the third sector in its European manifestations alongside an overview of its major contours, including its structure, sources of support, and recent trends. It also assesses the impact of this sector in Europe which considers its contributions to European economic development, citizen well-being and human development.

The Third Sector As A Renewable Resource for Europe presents the findings of the Third Sector Impact (TSI) project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7). It recognises that in a time of social and economic distress, as well as enormous pressures on governmental budgets, the third sector and volunteering represent a unique ‘renewable resource’ for social and economic problem-solving and civic engagement in Europe.


Third sector impact Volunteering Charity European Commission Political legitimacy Third Sector in Europe Third Sector as a Renewable Resource Obstacles to Third Sector Organisation Development in Europe

Authors and affiliations

  • Bernard Enjolras
    • 1
  • Lester M. Salamon
    • 2
  • Karl Henrik Sivesind
    • 3
  • Annette Zimmer
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute for Social Research (ISF)OsloNorway
  2. 2.John Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MDUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Social ResearchOsloNorway
  4. 4.Institut für PolitikwissenschaftWestfälische Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71472-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71473-8
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