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When the State Fails: The Rise of Informal Civil Society Organizations in Greece

Chrysostomou, Apostolos LU (2015) WPMM40 20151
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis by using quantitative and qualitative data investigates the new forms of social and political collective action that rose after the financial crisis of 2009 in Greece. It attempts to study the rise of Informal Civil Society Organizations (ICSO) through the use of the research question, how can we understand the rise of informal civil society organizations in Greece after the onset of the crisis in 2009? With survey data from individuals involved in ICSOs, I analyze the motivations of these individuals, answering the question, what motivates people to voluntarily engage in informal civil society organizations? Through the use of interviews, I investigate the question, why did people establish informal civil society... (More)
This thesis by using quantitative and qualitative data investigates the new forms of social and political collective action that rose after the financial crisis of 2009 in Greece. It attempts to study the rise of Informal Civil Society Organizations (ICSO) through the use of the research question, how can we understand the rise of informal civil society organizations in Greece after the onset of the crisis in 2009? With survey data from individuals involved in ICSOs, I analyze the motivations of these individuals, answering the question, what motivates people to voluntarily engage in informal civil society organizations? Through the use of interviews, I investigate the question, why did people establish informal civil society organizations? The quantitative results show that people are motivated to volunteer mostly because of altruistic reasons. The qualitative results show that ICSOs were created to promote social solidarity, as well as to protest against societal change. This thesis concludes that the rise of ICSOs can be interpreted as a new form of social movements. (Less)
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author
Chrysostomou, Apostolos LU
supervisor
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course
WPMM40 20151
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
civil society, volunteerism, social movements, informal organizations, solidarity, Greece
language
English
id
5425978
date added to LUP
2015-07-14 11:55:45
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  abstract     = {This thesis by using quantitative and qualitative data investigates the new forms of social and political collective action that rose after the financial crisis of 2009 in Greece. It attempts to study the rise of Informal Civil Society Organizations (ICSO) through the use of the research question, how can we understand the rise of informal civil society organizations in Greece after the onset of the crisis in 2009? With survey data from individuals involved in ICSOs, I analyze the motivations of these individuals, answering the question, what motivates people to voluntarily engage in informal civil society organizations? Through the use of interviews, I investigate the question, why did people establish informal civil society organizations? The quantitative results show that people are motivated to volunteer mostly because of altruistic reasons. The qualitative results show that ICSOs were created to promote social solidarity, as well as to protest against societal change. This thesis concludes that the rise of ICSOs can be interpreted as a new form of social movements.},
  author       = {Chrysostomou, Apostolos},
  keyword      = {civil society,volunteerism,social movements,informal organizations,solidarity,Greece},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {When the State Fails: The Rise of Informal Civil Society Organizations in Greece},
  year         = {2015},
}