The Ambiguities of Volunteering

Johan von Essen, Morten Frederiksen, Jill Loga

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This chapter contributes to the on-going discussion about societal changes from a civil society perspective. By exploring and discussing attitudes among the populations in the Scandinavian countries towards the societal role of volunteering and its relationship to government, public services and the business sector, the chapter offers an inventory of opinions concerning the division of responsibility for welfare in society and the moral justifications and concerns underpinning these opinions. The analysis unfolds a significant pattern: First, it is important that welfare services have sufficient quality and are efficiently produced. Second, it is important that welfare is fairly distributed, as everyone is equally entitled to welfare. Third, it is important that welfare is human and genuine. However, since volunteering is perceived as an opportunity for the provision of welfare in society, it creates moral dilemmas as it challenges the traditional welfare state. This has bearing on the future legitimacy of the Scandinavian universal welfare state tradition, demanding a balance between the engagement of volunteers and the welfare state as a guarantor of quality and equality.
TitelCivic Engagement in Scandinavia
RedaktørerLars Skov Henriksen, Kristin Strømsnes, Lars Svedberg
Antal sider24
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-319-98716-3
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-319-98717-0
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Udgivet eksterntJa
NavnNonprofit and Civil Society Studies

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