The Role of Municipalities in Relation to Non-Governmental Organizations: Implementation of Public Policies towards NGOs at the Local Level



Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference XVI. Mezinárodní kolokvium o regionálních vědách. Sborník příspěvku
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Management and administrative
Keywords Municipalities; NGOs; public policy; funding; indirect support
Description The Czech Republic’s subsidy policy towards non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is centrally coordinated by the government to support selected legal forms: foundations, endowment funds, public benefit corporations, church organisation and civic associations. The relationship between the state and NGOs in the Czech Republic takes the form of a conceptual framework set to create an appropriate environment for the existence and work of NGOs and for the forms of financial and in-kind support to NGOs. Cooperation between NGOs and public administrations and support provided to NGOs from public budgets takes place at the regional level as well. At the regional level, as at the national level, the relationship is usually conceptually grounded. However, what is the situation like at the municipal level? Is it necessary to formalize the relationship between public administration and NGOs at the municipal level? Do the motives for support provided to NGOs at the municipal level differ from those at higher levels of public administration? What forms does the support of NGOs take at the local level? These questions are answered in the paper through a representative survey, which was conducted in 2012 with respondents from the municipal offices in the Czech Republic, and through an analysis of secondary data sources. The research results show a high degree of cooperation between municipalities and NGOs, a high level of indirect support to NGOs at the municipal level, and concurrently a low level of formalization and a legal documentation confirming such relationships. Support to NGOs is implemented informally.
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