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The Contribution of the Third Sector to Europe’s Socio-economic Development

Objective

The main objective of the proposed research project is to create knowledge that will further advance the contributions that the third sector and volunteering can make to the socio-economic development of Europe. These unique ‘renewable resources’ for social and economic problem-solving and civic engagement in Europe are needed more than ever at this time of social and economic distress and enormous pressures on governmental budgets—not as an alternative to government but as a full-fledged partner in the effort to promote European progress. To take full advantage of this resource we need a clearer understanding of the third sector’s scope and scale, its existing and potential impacts, and the barriers to its full contributions to the continent’s common welfare. Building on our previous work, this project seeks to:
1) Clarify the concept of the third sector in its European manifestations;
2) Identify the major contours of the sector so defined—its size, structure, composition, sources of support, and recent trends;
3) Identify the impacts of this sector, its contributions to European economic development, innovation, citizen well-being, civic engagement, and human development, and to create capabilities to measure these contributions into the future;
4) Identify barriers both internal to organizations and external to them and suggest ways these barriers might be overcome; and
5) Forge a partnership between the research community and European Third Sector practitioners so that the understanding of the Third Sector generated by this work remains grounded in reality and enjoy sufficient support among key stakeholders to ensure respectful attention from policy makers and sector leaders long after the project is completed.

By drawing on the combined strengths of the academic community, government, and the third sector itself. As such, the proposal provides a solid embodiment of the FP7 theme of “science in society,” of generating knowledge to advance the quality of life.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2013-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INSTITUTT FOR SAMFUNNSFORSKNING
Address
Munthes Gate 31
0260 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 684 565
Administrative Contact
Bernard Enjolras (Dr.)

Participants (13)

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Italy
EU contribution
€ 442 335
Address
Via Belmeloro 11
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lester Salamon (Prof.)
WIRTSCHAFTSUNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 148 310
Address
Welthandelsplatz 1
1020 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ruth Simsa (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF KENT
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 105 447
Address
The Registry Canterbury
CT2 7NZ Canterbury, Kent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Benstead (Dr.)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Germany
EU contribution
€ 143 927
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annette Zimmer (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 127 919
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xavier Rodde (Mr.)
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 107 600
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Taco Brandsen (Prof.)
FONOVIC KSENIJA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 129 784
Address
Via Dello Statuto 32
00185 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ksenija Fonovic (Mrs.)
EMES European Research Network ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 170 656
Address
C/o Centre D'economie Sociale, Université De Liège Au Sart-tilman Bât.b33, Box 4
4000 Liège
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Rocio Nogales (Mrs.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 122 044
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Béatrice Saint-Cricq (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 80 770
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angeles Sanchis (Mrs.)
SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU - PRAVNI FAKULTET
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 107 138
Address
Trg Republike Hrvatske 14
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gojko Bezovan (Prof.)
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 93 710
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00 927 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ewa Leś (Prof.)
RENZO RAZZANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 34 757
Address
Via Dello Statuto 32
00185 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Renzo Razzano (Mr.)