KŁOPOT Z „NGOIZACJĄ”. DEBATA O SPOŁECZEŃSTWIE OBYWATELSKIM W POLSCE A RZECZYWISTOŚĆ
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The Third Sector Expantion Problems. Polish Debates on Civil Society and Social Realities
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The paper is a contribution to the on-going discussion concerning factors determining civil society’s development in Poland. It examines contemporary debates on civil society as well as financial mechanisms designed to promote people’s civic engagement in Poland (the EU grants and so called ‘percentage law’ allowing citizens to support an NGO of their choice with 1 percent of their taxes). Detailed analysis of these mechanisms demonstrates that they are advantageous to some types of non-governmental organizations only, and disadvantageous to others, marginalizing the majority of small and middle-size organizations as well as specific types of claims. As a result, these mechanisms weaken rather than strengthen the development of grassroots spontaneous mobilizations and initiatives.
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