Reconciling the Tension of TSO Scaling and Their Associative Democratic Role

Child, J., Narooz, R. and Ramadan, N. (2023) Reconciling the Tension of TSO Scaling and Their Associative Democratic Role. 39th EGOS Colloquium 2023, Cagliari, Italy, 06-08 Jul 2023.

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Most third sector organizations [TSOs] aim to deliver social and public services which are inadequately provided by the market or the state. The scaling up of their activities in terms of the number of beneficiaries served, and/or the range and quality of their contributions, is generally assumed to be a desirable aim. At the same time, many TSOs are embedded in local communities and are aware of the needs and priorities of such communities. This gives them the potential to act as a community voice. If this potential is realized and facilitated by appropriate gateways into the wider public governance system, TSOs can contribute importantly to the process of associative democracy. This paper discusses the relevance of different routes to scale for the ability of TSOs to perform this democratic function, recognizing variation among distinct categories of TSO. It concludes with recommendations for reconciling tensions between scaling up and democratic participation.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Narooz, Dr Rose
Authors: Child, J., Narooz, R., and Ramadan, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management

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