"The third sector between voice and services: Comparing old and new democracies"

Project Details

Financing body

Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture


The focus of this research endeavour will be nonprofits' "service" and "voice" functions in society. Recent research reveals that these two contributions of the nonprofit sector may assume different priorities in different countries. Mapping and understanding the specific roles and functions which the public authorities, private for profit organisations and nonprofit organisations respectively assume in Austria and the Czech Republic will be the aim of a joint Austrian-Czech research project. With our partnering research groups from the Masaryk University Brno and the Society for the Study of the Nonprofit Sector in Brno we will develop common research questions and instruments for a cross-national study with qualitative and then quantitative surveys in 2006 and 2007.

Funding is provided from the Federal Ministry of Science and Research under its research grant programme "New Orientations for Democracy in Europe" (NODE).
Effective start/end date1/06/0630/05/08

Collaborative partners

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (OEFOS)

  • 502046 Economic policy
  • 502023 NPO research