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Voluntary organisations and community politics: Norwegian and British comparisons

Voluntary organisations and community politics: Norwegian and British comparisons
Voluntary organisations and community politics: Norwegian and British comparisons
The study reported in this article compares local political activity of voluntary organizations in a Norwegian and an English city — Tromsø and Birmingham. The two cities display rather striking structural similarities with respect to the relative number of organizations as well as to organizational membership. The relative distribution of major types of organizations is also rather similar, although there is a greater degree of organizational specialization in the English city.
With respect to political activity of the organizations the two cities are, however, quite different. While two thirds of the organizations in Tromsø have been active in local political matters, this holds true for less than 30 per cent of the organizations in Birmingham.
This difference is attributed to the finding that in the Norwegian case local government assists organizations with goods and services, while in the English case organizations have to depend on their own internal resources. An additional factor is that Norwegian organizations, when compared to their English counterparts, have greater access to political decision-making bodies.
0080-6757
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Hansen, Tore
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Newton, Kenneth
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Hansen, Tore
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Newton, Kenneth
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Hansen, Tore and Newton, Kenneth (1985) Voluntary organisations and community politics: Norwegian and British comparisons. Scandinavian Political Studies, 8 (1-2), 1-21. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9477.1985.tb00309.x).

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The study reported in this article compares local political activity of voluntary organizations in a Norwegian and an English city — Tromsø and Birmingham. The two cities display rather striking structural similarities with respect to the relative number of organizations as well as to organizational membership. The relative distribution of major types of organizations is also rather similar, although there is a greater degree of organizational specialization in the English city.
With respect to political activity of the organizations the two cities are, however, quite different. While two thirds of the organizations in Tromsø have been active in local political matters, this holds true for less than 30 per cent of the organizations in Birmingham.
This difference is attributed to the finding that in the Norwegian case local government assists organizations with goods and services, while in the English case organizations have to depend on their own internal resources. An additional factor is that Norwegian organizations, when compared to their English counterparts, have greater access to political decision-making bodies.

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Published date: 1985

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34476
ISSN: 0080-6757
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