Civil Society and the Global Civil Society  

The project grounds the question of global civil society in an interrogation of how national civil society actors negotiate transnational political space. This process of negotiation defines if, to what extent and how a semblance of a global civil society can be identified. The project specifically traces how a variety of civil society actors connect to propel shared visions of what the role of international law should be, and how it must be enacted to accommodate humanitarian values and concepts of human security and rights.
Associative Democracy  

Traditionally, the Associative Democracy has been ascribed an importance as an arena which enhances democratic formation of participants and thereby strengthens social cohesion of society. However youth engagement in Associative Democracy in Denmark is declining, while engagement in informal networks is increasing. This study aims to provide knowledge about whether this trend might be embraced without concern for social cohesion in our society, and – if not – how we may support these networks in developing democratically to contribute to such cohesion.
EcoLabSS – Ecovillages as Laboratories of Sustainability and Social Change  

‘Ecovillages as Laboratories of Sustainability and Social Change´ (EcoLabSS) is conceived as an international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary project aiming at producing a theoretically grounded and methodologically innovative study one grassroots initiative: the ecovillage movement.
Good and bad civil society.  

Civil society is a contested concept and a discursive struggle over what constitutes ‘good’ or ‘bad’ civil society is constantly taking place – and raises the question of whether it is that; which supports the state, or that which criticizes it? Through different cases from the 1970´ies of, the project investigate which types of CS activity respectively strengthen and weaken social capital and trust, and how a strengthening of CS paradoxically can result in a weakening of social capital and thus also social cohesion.
Civil society and organizational forms  

This project scrutinizes the organizational implications of project-based cross-sector social partnerships (CSSPs), i.e. partnerships that engage stakeholders from CSOs and businesses on an ongoing and project-oriented basis, and which are explicitly formed in order to address social issues, for instance in relation to poverty, economic development, education, health care, environmental issues etc.
Civil society and associative democracy  

Here the importance of civil society organisations and associations for democratic learning, democratic practice and democratic culture in the period from 1820 to 2014 is analyzed to discuss the possibility of a revitalisation of civil society’s democratic potential in Denmark.
Civil society and philanthropy  

This project examines how philanthropic concepts established different logic and constellations between the state, the market and civil society in the period from 1849 to 2014. It does so through an investigation of concepts from both the political and civil society spheres as an expression of networks in which diverse knowledge, objectives and results are bound together and influence the contemporary understanding of civil society.
Civil society and voluntarism  

This project will map out, using a historical case-based study as a starting point, the extent of voluntarism in Danish civil society and focus on its logic and practices, to investigate how the logic behind voluntarism and the participation of volunteers is constantly challenged.
Danish civil society from a comparative perspective  

The socio-historical and political-legal development of Danish civil society is compared with that of Norway and Sweden in order to determine the specific characteristics of Danish civil society.



A talk and workshop with Prof. Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou on April 12 at CBS. Registration required
Three interesting papers by Andreas Mulvad are now accessible at the new publications page

A new publications page has been added to the webpage with three papers by Andreas Mulvad and more to follow
New Deadlines for Movements and Morality Conference

If you wish to participate in the conference Movements & Morality new deadlines have been made!
Lars Bo joins panel on civil society

Lars Bo has agreed to sit on the panel for the Civil Society Knowledge Center made by the Danish independent online paper Altinget.
Book Launch: From Financial Crisis to Social Change: Towards Alternative Horizons (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

In this edited volume, CISTAS researcher Andreas Møller Mulvad has contributed with a chapter