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Civil society's democratic potential, organizational trade-offs between participation and representation, Nicole Bolleyer.

Bolleyer explores which civil society organizations (CSOs) contribute to democracy, how, and why. Two contrasting organizational templates allow theorizing fundamental trade-offs shaping CSOs' 'performance' on three dimensions: participation, representation, and societal responsiveness
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Acknowledgements -- Contents -- List of Tables -- 1. A Multidimensional Framework on Civil Society's Contributions to Democracy -- Civil Society's Contributions to Democracy: Between Potential and Reality -- Disaggregating the 'Transmission Belt': Three Normative Yardsticks Demarcating CSOs' Potential Contributions to Democracy -- Membership Organizations as Venues for Participation -- Membership Organizations as Vehicles of Representation -- The Ambiguity of Interest Representation Behaviour: Expression of Assumed, Consultative or Surrogate Representation? -- Adding Societal Responsiveness of CSO Behaviour as Third Normative Yardstick -- From Normative Yardstick to Comparative Analysis -- Conclusion and Chapter Overview -- 2. The Distinct Internal Logics of Associations and Professionalized Voluntary Organizations -- Why Study the Discrepancies between Democratic Potential and Organizational Realities in Membership-Based Voluntary Organizations? -- The Diversity of Organizational Forms and Its Consequences for CSOs' Democratic Contributions -- Intra-Organizational Trade-Offs and the Conflicting Priorities of Leaders, Members, and Managers -- How CSOs Respond to Intra-Organizational Trade-Offs: The Different Logics of 'Voluntary Associations' and 'Professionalized Voluntary Organizations' -- Conclusion -- 3. Methodological Choices and Data -- Measures Used in the Quantitative Analyses -- The Dependent Variables: How to Measure CSOs' Diverse Contributions to Democracy -- Central Explanatory Variables: CSOs' Governance Characteristics -- Control Variables Central to the Functioning of CSOs Generally -- Control Variables Relevant to Specific Dimensions of CSOs' Democratic Contribution
Literary Form
non fiction
Also issued in print: 2024
Physical Description
1 online resource (293 pages)
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