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The Role and Organisation of European Civil Society

Its relationship to state and business
Its importance for welfare provision and social cohesion

Organized by
The CINEFOGO network of Excellence

15th – 17th of November 2006
Roskilde / Copenhagen




With this conference we want to address and discuss the role and the organisation of the non-profit / civil society sector in Europe, the importance of the sector in the provision of social welfare and the different types of relationship emerging in European countries between the non-profit / civil society sector and welfare institutions.

At the Conference, we will present new empirical results from surveys on the organisation and development of non-profit / civil society sector from a number of European countries – e.g. Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal. The data collected in connection to national surveys in the Johns Hopkins Comparative Non-profit Sector Study will be the primary data source for several of these studies.

Call for papers

In addition to plenary lectures the conference also includes sessions for paper presentation and we want to invite scholars and especially PhD students to present research papers at the conference on a broader spectre of topics related to the organisation and development of the non-profit / civil society sector in Europe.

Paper within following themes are specially welcome:

• the importance of the non-profit / civil society sector in Europe • individual countries or comparative studies
• do we have different civil society regimes in Europe
• how does civil society organise in different parts of Europe?
the inter-relationship between the non-profit / civil society sector and the welfare state system
• the borderland between civil society and the business/corporate sector
• the importance of the non-profit / civil society sector for social cohesion and social inclusion of citizens

Deadline and paper submission

Deadline for abstracts for paper presentations will be the 15th of June 2006.

Abstract must be sent to the following email addresses:

Professor Thomas P. Boje, Roskilde University, boje@ruc.dk
• The CINEFOGO Secretariat – Annali Kristiansen, annali@ruc.dk

Other information on the Conference

The conference will be the first of two conferences organised within the framework of the CINEFOGO Network of Excellence under the Work Package 16 Volunteering, Civic Participation and welfare – The Importance of the Non-Profit Sector in Europe. This Conference will be organised in coperation with the Danish Johns Hopkins Study of the Non-profit Sector. A second conference is planned to take place in the Autumn of 2007 and it will focus primarily on volunteering and civic participation – for more information see www.cinefogo.org.


The Network on Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe – the Making of European Citizenship aims at enhancing the understanding of social and democratic processes, citizenship and democratic participation in Europe.

It seeks to:

• Provide knowledge about civil society, citizenship and social protection
• Nourish a public debate on governance
• Strengthen intellectual co-operation

Through research, learning and dialogue, focus is placed on:

• Active citizenship: to promote citizens' involvement and social participation in policy-making.
• Organised civil society: to understand the impact of different forms of citizenship and civic participation.
• Multiple identities: to identify factors that help co-existence among (dwellers of) multiple identities in Europe.

The CINEFOGO Network of Excellence is supported by the Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 7: New Forms of Citizenship and Cultural Identities of the European Union.

More than 35 institutions and 150 researchers in Europe are part of the Network that is co-ordinated by the University of Roskilde (Denmark).




CINEFOGO - Network of Excellence

The CINEFOGO Network of Excellence (Civil Society and New forms of Governance) has been running from September 2005 to December 2009 based on a EU-FP6 Grant and generous support from the involved institutions. In its present format the CINEFOGO Network of Excellence has been finalised. Both the...

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