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ISTR Call for Papers: Amsterdam 2018

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Thirteenth International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

10 July  – 13 July 2018

Democracy and Legitimacy:  The Role of the Third Sector in a Globalizing World



CALL FOR PAPERS - To read the full call, please click here.

The focus of the 2018 conference:

Conference organizers are keenly interested in a wide range of submissions, especially  on topics related to democracy and legitimacy. In addition, ISTR is also interested in  research which advances our understanding of theory, policy, and practice of third  sector  organizations.  Overall, the 2018 Amsterdam conference offers a unique, and  particularly valuable, venue for engaging with its very diverse membership of scholars to deepen our knowledge of these important issues.

  • Democracy and Civil Society Organizations 
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Advocacy by NGOs and Nonprofits
  • Governance, Management, Adaptation and Sustainability of Third Sector Organizations 
  • Hybridity, Legitimacy and the Third Sector 
  • New Models of Philanthropy and Voluntarism 
  • Active Citizenship and Activism 
  • The Third Sector and Development 
  • Social Innovation and the Third Sector 
  • Research on Teaching Third Sector Studies 
  • Emerging Areas of Theory and Practice 

Democracy and legitimacy are central issues in debates about the role of the third sector. Throughout the world, third sector organizations are directly involved in many contentious discussions on democracy and the authority and legitimacy of public and private organizations.  Relevant debates include growing inequality, restrictions on academic freedom, the global refugee crisis, the rise of populist movements, the restructuring of the public services to include more citizen engagement and responsibility, the politics of climate change, fair‐labor practices, and rebuilding distressed communities. Moreover, third sector organizations often find their own role in promoting legitimacy and democracy deeply contested: governments have sought to restrict their political roles and limit their ability to raise money; scholars are divided on the contribution of nonprofits and NGOs to political integration and polarization; and politicians on the left and the right often are reluctant to politically support nonprofits and their organizational autonomy. At the same time, third sector organizations are also facing calls for greater transparency and accountability from public and private funding agencies, creating opportunities and challenges for those interested in positive social change.

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