Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft (GSI)




New publication: "Advocacy in European Civil Societies" by Nicole Bolleyer and Patricia Correa


Civil society organizations play a prominent role in modern European democracies, but not all of them are politically active. In their article “Advocacy in European Civil Societies: Organizational Trade-offs Between Selective and Collective Incentive Provision” published in Social Forces, Nicole Bolleyer and Patricia Correa explain which civil society organizations engage in advocacy activities and offer original evidence from four European democracies to support their claims. Nicole and Patricia find that civil society which organize the interests of individual citizens and focus on pursuing the interests of their membership base only are less likely to engage in advocacy that organizations representing corporate actors. Further, while Nicole and Patricia find that access to resources, e.g. via state funding, fosters advocacy engagement, their cross-country analysis reveals that the effect of resources varies across states’ institutional contexts.