The Swedish non-profit sector

The American sociologist, John Boli, wonders whether a Swedish non-profit sector exists at all. His provocative sector question stems from the understanding tat Swedish non-profit organizations are so dependent on the state that their autonomy can be called into question (boil 1991). In another study, American economist Estelle James concludes that, from an international standpoint, the Swedisn non-profit sector must be small in terms of the welfare services it produces. According to James, this is due to Swedish cultural and economic homogeneity and the fact that the Swedish welfare state has crowded out the non-profit sector by consuming only publicly produced services (James 1989). Boli's and James' studies present a stereotypical picture of Sweden that has long prevailed internationally. This article responds to Boli's question, presenting a picture of the Swedish non-profit sector that considers both the traditional service production and the voice production of the non-profit sector.

Afsender/institution/forlag:

Stockholm School of Economics

Udgivelsesår:

1997

Kategori:

Civilsamfund

Publikationstype:

Bogkapitel

Sprog:

Engelsk

Status:

Udgivet

Peer reviewed:

NEJ

Fuld adgang:

JA