Romania: re-shaping the CSO sector in difficult conditions
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Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest
Submission date: 2020-02-01
Acceptance date: 2020-08-24
Publication date: 2020-12-14
Problemy Polityki Społecznej 2020;50:61–75
Over the past 30 years, civil society organisations (CSOs) in Romania have evolved both in quantitative and qualitative terms. Following the democratic transformation of the Romanian society, the role of CSOs has changed — from mainly being an active critic of the mistakes of the incipient democracy of the ’90s and of the human rights status quo, to becoming an advocator and convener of citizens’ and communities’ interests in participating and benefiting from democratic development. This article represents an overview of the development and transformation of Romanian CSOs in a post-communist society characterised by low trust, corruption, difficult development conditions and weak state capacity. Starting from recent research, we provide information regarding the size, dynamics and specific development trends and current challenges faced by Romanian CSOs.
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