40th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association - panel on Civil Society in the Shadow of the State: The Case of Scandinavia

From the 12th-15th November 2015 the 40th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association will take place in Baltimore, MD. The theme of this year's conference is Pluralism and Community: Social Science History Perspectives.

At the conference the researchers from the CISTAS-team will have a panel on the topic of Civil Society in the Shadow of the State: The Case of Scandinavia.

The center of concern of this panel is civil society in a Scandinavian context. The theoretical claim is that the state is the precondition of civil society and consequently, the state always appears as a shadow to civil society.

Chair: Lars Bo Kaspersen, University of Copenhagen (Political Science)

Revivalism, Voluntary Associations and the Welfare State
Anders Sevelstad, Copenhagen Business School (Business and Politics)

Trust, Social Capital and the Swedish Model in a long-term perspective
Glenn Svedin, Mid-Sweden University (History)

Tracing Gift-Giving Practices and Concepts at the Intersection between State, Market and Civil Society
Liv Egholm, Copenhagen Business School (Business and Politics)

Civil Society as an Intrinsic Part of Democratic State Power
Christiane Mossin, University of Copenhagen (Political Science)

Discussant: Ilana Friedrich Silber, Bar-Ilan University (Sociology and Anthropology)

The three papers presented at the panel examine various aspects of the Scandinavian civil society from the emergence, consolidation to present day challenges including the changing character and functions over time. You can read the abstracts here.

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