Civil Society Capture by Early Stage Autocrats in Well-Developed Democracies – The Case of Austria

Simsa, Ruth (2019) Civil Society Capture by Early Stage Autocrats in Well-Developed Democracies – The Case of Austria. Nonprofit Policy Forum, 10 (3). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2154-3348

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The article presents the results of an empirical study on the current framework conditions for civil society organizations in Austria. The results are linked to findings on how authoritarian governments deal with civil society. The research shows that along with the current government’s gradual process towards right-wing populism and authoritarianism, the general political climate has changed with regard to civil society, possibilities of political participation, and the public financing of civil society organizations. The findings are linked to the concept of civil society capture and reflect the overall wave of autocratization discussed by other authors. The analysis of the gradual process of the development of authoritarian politics in a relatively stable and developed democracy reveals the relevance of the findings for current tendencies in many other countries.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: civil society capture, authoritarian politics, populist politics, repression, participation
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Soziologie u Empirische Sozialforschung
Forschungsinstitute > Kooperationen und Genossenschaften
Kompetenzzentren > Nonprofit-Org u Social Entrepreneurship
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2020 07:47
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 08:32
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