Perceptions of the Third Sector

R.H.F.P. Bekkers, A. Brink Lund

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How do citizens in Europe view third sector organizations? How can differences in perceptions of the third sector among citizens in Europe be explained? And how is the third sector assessed therein with regard to its contribution to social innovation? Based on the limited scope of the evidence available from previous research it is hard to answer this question. Therefore new empirical research on the perceptions of citizens will be conducted at a later stage in the ITSSOIN project, in Work Package 2 (WP2). The current paper serves as a basis for this empirical work. Specifically, we investigate the perceptions of the third sector among governments, citizens, and the media, and ask:
1. How is the third sector described in political statements, agendas and initiatives?
2. Which values do citizens ascribe to the third sector?
3. How is the third sector discussed and displayed by the media?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherEuropean Commission
Commissioning bodyUnknown commissioning body
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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