Civic Engagement in Scandinavia

Volunteering, Informal Help and Giving in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

  • Lars Skov Henriksen
  • Kristin Strømsnes
  • Lars Svedberg

Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Lars Skov Henriksen, Kristin Strømsnes, Lars Svedberg
    Pages 1-31
  3. Per Selle, Kristin Strømsnes, Lars Svedberg, Bjarne Ibsen, Lars Skov Henriksen
    Pages 33-66
  4. Hans-Peter Y. Qvist, Bjarte Folkestad, Torben Fridberg, Susanne Wallman Lundåsen
    Pages 67-94
  5. Johan Vamstad, Karl Henrik Sivesind, Thomas P. Boje
    Pages 113-134
  6. Thomas P. Boje, Jonathan Hermansen, Rasmus Juul Møberg
    Pages 153-174
  7. Johan von Essen, Morten Frederiksen, Jill Loga
    Pages 175-198
  8. Lars Skov Henriksen, Kristin Strømsnes, Lars Svedberg
    Pages 199-207
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 209-234

About this book


Since the 1990’s, a number of studies have documented a remarkable high and stable amount of popular engagement in civic organizations in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Often these countries have been considered deviant cases against the proliferating decline of social capital studies.

However, despite great international interest in the Scandinavian region, the volume argues that the civil societies and the civic engagement of these countries remain poorly understood. Most interest in the Scandinavian welfare models addresses the balance between state and market, but under communicates the role played by civil society and popular engagement in associations and voluntary organizations.

The contributions offer a coherent portrait of stability and change in formal and informal forms of civic engagement over the past 25 years as well as offering contextualized knowledge of the history and institutional design in which Scandinavian civil societies are embedded.


different forms of civic engagement virtual volunteering distinct national cultures and social policies balance between state, market, and civil society civic engagement into particular segments of society universal welfare state and civic engagement

Editors and affiliations

  • Lars Skov Henriksen
    • 1
  • Kristin Strømsnes
    • 2
  • Lars Svedberg
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social WorkAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Comparative PoliticsUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  3. 3.Institute for Civil Society ResearchErsta Sköndal Bräcke University CollegeStockholmSweden

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