Talking the talk, or walking the walk? How managerial practices relate to NPOs' role as schools of democracy

Activity: Talk or presentationScience to science


Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) are often touted as "schools of democracy" that teach civic values and skills to individuals, thereby strengthening democracy. We explore this role by asking how NPOs' internal democratic and managerial practices relate to their encouragement of political engagement in society. We use survey data collected from a random sample of NPOs in the Vienna metropolitan region. The results suggest that the extent to which NPOs use managerial practices is negatively related to their degree of organizational democracy, but that greater use of both democratic and managerial practices is positively related to endorsing political engagement.
Period7 Jul 20229 Jul 2022
Event title38th EGOS Colloquium
Event typeConference
LocationWien, AustriaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 506002 E-government
  • 505027 Administrative studies
  • 502014 Innovation research
  • 502023 NPO research