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Revival of the civil society: development of the third sector in Poland 1989-2008

Wiederbelebung der Zivilgesellschaft: der dritte Sektor in Polen 1989–2008

Nowosielski, Michal

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Corporate Editor Institute for Western Affairs
Abstract Development of the Polish third sector after 1989 has been hampered by the deficiency of resources (both human and financial), inadeqaute legal regulations and imperfect cooperation with public authorities. In the years 1989-2008, the functioning of the third sector has undergone substantial positive developments. The following can be named by way of an example: emergence of umbrella and infrastructure organisations, professionalisation, intensification in terms of cooperation with business and public authorities (more public funds being earmarked for third sector). The Public Benefit and the Volunteer Work Act has also been finally passed. In spite of these positive developments the Polish third sector still faces the following substantial challenges: stimulating social activism, establishing new sources of financing, as well as further increasing the influence that the third sector exerts on decisions of public authorities.
Keywords Poland; tertiary sector; civil society; non-governmental organization; professionalization; community service; citizens' involvement; honorary office; social economics
Classification Organizational Sociology; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Social Policy
Method applied research; descriptive study
Free Keywords third sector; civil society; NGO; non-governmental organisations; voluntary sector; Poland
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Poznan
Page/Pages 64 p.
Series IZ Policy Papers, 2
ISBN 978-83-61736-04-2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Free Digital Peer Publishing Licence