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Volunteer Engagement in Housing Co-Operatives – Civil Society “en miniature”

  • Suter, Peter Institute for Research on Management of Associations, Foundations and Co-operatives (VMI), University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Gmür, Markus Institute for Research on Management of Associations, Foundations and Co-operatives (VMI), University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
    2018
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  • Volunteer Engagement in Housing Co-Operatives – Civil Society “en miniature”. - Voluntas. - 2018, p. 1-44
English Housing co‐operatives host miniature versions of civil society. They vitalise a social system that is shaped by formal regulations, economic functions, and a population of private housing units. The study examines factors that influence a person’s willingness to volunteer in civic society using a multilevel analysis based on survey data from 32 co‐operatives and 1263 members. To do so, the social exchange theory is extended to include the member value approach, which connects social engagement with the fulfillment of a range of needs, thus going beyond a narrow economic cost benefit analysis. Study results show that volunteer engagement largely depends on the degree to which members can expect to experience their own achievement. This finding provides an explanation for significant differences in the engagement levels beyond factors that have already been determined (age, level of education). On an organizational level, the study reveals that the age of an organization influences volunteer engagement, but that the size and the degree of professionalization do not have an effect on it.
Faculty
Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales
Department
Institut pour la gestion des associations, des fondations et des sociétés coopératives (VMI)
Language
  • English
Classification
Economics
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https://folia.unifr.ch/unifr/documents/306629
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