The Old and the Young: Configurational Niches Amongst Dutch Climate Civil Society Organisations

Francesca Colli*

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Media reporting and academic research into young climate civil society organisations (CSOs) often focus on organisations using direct, confrontational and often controversial actions, but to what extent is this a true picture of young climate organisations? This paper examines the differences between young and old climate and environmental CSOs in the Netherlands. Drawing on niche theory, it uses set-theoretic typology building to examine the ways in which 39 young and old Dutch CSOs construct configurational organisational niches by narrowing down their membership and issue, using innovative strategies and developing stable financing sources. It finds that although there are significant differences between young and old CSOs in how they narrow down their membership and issues, their strategies are not significantly different: in other words, a focus on civil disobedience alone does not paint the whole picture of young climate groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-314
Number of pages12
JournalVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Issue number2
Early online date19 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024


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