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Welcome to the website on Regulating Civil Society: NGO and Party Law and their Consequences.

This site is the portal for research on:

a) the regulatory frameworks that are in place in long-lived democracies to steer the behaviour of membership-based, voluntary organizations constitutive for civil society and the third sector (e.g. political parties, interest groups, service-providing civil society organizations) and on why democracies adopt different types of frameworks

b) how differences in regulatory frameworks affect the operation, strategies and evolution of these types of voluntary organizations.

Building on research from various disciplines such as political science, sociology, comparative law and public administration, Regulating Civil Society addresses these themes through two interdisciplinary components, one that takes a state-centred perspective and one that takes an organization-centred perspective: the state-centred component studies the scope and nature of NGO law and party law adopted in a range of advanced Civil Law and Common Law democracies. The organization-centred component studies the consequences of NGO law and party law on the organizations – political parties, interest groups, welfare- or service-providing organizations - they apply to – e.g. their structures, their strategies or long-term survival.

The site contains databases of NGO law and party law (defined as the range of laws applicable to membership-based voluntary organizations such as political parties, interest groups, service-providing civil society organizations) covering 19 long-lived European and overseas democracies. Furthermore, it provides information on the research team and affiliates, events and publications associated with the research projects linked to Regulating Civil Society.

For further information go to the project site or contact us at N.Bolleyer@exeter.ac.uk.

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