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The Nonprofit Sector

Researchers from the Civil Society Program have since early 1990s been involved in the Swedish part of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project. Two mappings have been conducted so far. The structure, economy and activities in the Swedish nonprofit sector have been studied for 1992 and 2002.

This unique data material have been used to analyze trends as commercialization of the non-profit sector, new organizational mixes and a distinct drift of the sector from voice to producing services both for organizations’ own members and social service in benefit of others. The Nonprofit Sector project further aims at mapping sector-state and sector-industry relationships and special characteristics of the Swedish nonprofit sector especially in relation to other European countries.

As a derivate from the Johns Hopkins mapping project we have for long been involved in the debate on how to improve the Official Statistics of Sweden for the non-profit sector and for health care and social service sectors. Our texts and arguments have since then been used for discussing of statistics systems in official reports as SOU 2007:37 “Vård med omsorg – möjligheter och hinder”, SOU 2007:66 ”Rörelser i tiden” and Prop. 2009/10:55 “En politik för det civila samhället”. Torbjörn Einarsson is currently involved in a reference group at Statistics Sweden with the aim of implementing the Johns Hopkins system in Swedish official statistics.

Selected publications

Einarsson, Torbjörn and Filip Wijkström. 2007. Analysmodell för sektorsöverskridande statistik. Fallet vård och omsorg. Stockholm: Ekonomiska Forskningsinstitutet vid Handelshögskolan i Stockholm (EFI).

Wijkström, Filip, Torbjörn Einarsson and Johan Söderholm. 2006. A Literature Review on Swedish Academic & Public Civil Society Debate in the period 1995-2005 With Special Emphasis on Citizenship & Civic Participation. CINEFOGO Outcome Database.

Wijkström, Filip and Torbjörn Einarsson. 2006. Från nationalstat till näringsliv? : det civila samhällets organisationsliv i förändring. Stockholm: Ekonomiska Forskningsinstitutet vid Handelshögskolan i Stockholm (EFI).

Wijkström, Filip and Stefan Einarsson. 2004. Foundations in Sweden : their scope, roles and visions. Stockholm: Economic Research Institute Stockholm School of Economics Ekonomiska forskningsinstitutet vid Handelshögskolan (EFI).

Wijkström, Filip, Stefan Einarsson, and Ola Larsson. 2004. Staten och det civila samhället : idétraditioner och tankemodeller i den statliga bidragsgivningen till ideella organisationer. Stockholm: Socialstyrelsen.

Hvenmark, Johan and Filip Wijkström. 2004. "The Popular Movement Marinade - The dominant civil society framework in Sweden." presented at ISTR's 6th International Conference. Toronto, Canada.

Wijkström, Filip and Tommy Lundström. 2002. Den ideella sektorn : organisationerna i det civila samhället. Stockholm: Sober.

Lundström, Tommy and Filip Wijkström. 1997. The nonprofit sector in Sweden. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Wijkström, Filip, Ylva Magnusson, and Carina Melander. 1995. "Den lokala (informella) delen av den svenska ideella sektorn." presented at Proceedings of the 13th Nordic Conference on Business Studies. Handelshögskolan i Köpenhamn. August 14-16, 1995