By Jennifer Clarke, Asteris Huliaras
Organised civil society in Greece is usually considered as susceptible with scores for associational density, volunteerism and degrees of social capital ordinarily one of the lowest in Europe. Austerity and the 3rd area in Greece explores the context at the back of the facts and normal perceptions of a society of takers, now not givers. Stereotypes of a rustic dwelling past its capacity were exacerbated by means of the Eurozone concern yet, because 2008, there has in reality been an excellent proliferation of organised civil society tasks within the kingdom. Has the monetary hindrance obvious a belated awakening of Greek civil society? providing a huge evaluation of latest civil society in Greece this ebook explores how a variety of features of the country's socio-political context have affected the improvement of the 3rd area and examines the influence of the commercial main issue on it. specialist participants mix macro-level analyses with neighborhood case experiences to shape a desirable new research at the affects of nationwide and neighborhood context on civil society improvement. Their findings offer not just for a greater knowing of comparable pursuits, but additionally give a contribution to wider educational debates on societal responses to monetary crises.
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Family support networks came under increasing strain. The crisis hit hard NGOs, as public funding substantially decreased or even ceased altogether. From several respects this was a welcome development. For the first time, radical civil society voices criticised official rhetoric about deserving and non-deserving victims, brought to public scrutiny the lives of marginalised groups and illegal migrants and revealed hidden exclusions. The economic crisis acted as a motivating factor for civic engagement, political participation and associational 20 Austerity and the Third Sector in Greece growth.
For example, according to the Greek Tax Code (Law 2238/1994, now revised by the Act 4110/2013), there is a 10% reduction of assessed tax, provided that the amount of the donation does not exceed 5% of the total taxable personal income. There is also a more generous treatment of donations to the state, the Church (in particular the Athos Monasteries and the Constantinople Patriarchate) and to cultural institutions, than to NGOs, charities or other civil society organisations. However, one should be careful in reaching easy conclusions.
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Austerity and the third sector in Greece : civil society at the European frontline by Jennifer Clarke, Asteris Huliaras