9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN12 Environment and Society

2009-09-04 13:30:00 2009-09-04 15:00:00 Friday, 4 September 13:30 - 15:00 Citizen Participation Building I, Auditório J.J. Laginha

Participation - the missing component of the Romanian environmental NGOs

The study analyzes some current trends related to the phenomenon of participation in environmental NGOs in Romania. Based both on the data of the European Values Survey (1999, 2005) and the Special Eurobarometer on Social Capital, Romania appears as a laggard country in terms of membership in NGOs. Related to this observation, firstly a statistical snapshot is provided which underlines the main differences between Romania and other European countries. Then some possible macro-structural causes of the weak Romanian environmental participatory culture are discussed and the sociological profile of the Romanian participants is analyzed. Conclusions signal that Romanian participants are not only a few, in the meantime they constitute an invisible category, i.e their sociological and axiological profiles do not differ significantly from the non-participatory citizens'. Finally, possible future sources of participation will be discussed, based on former regression data undertook on the level of the European Values Survey 1999.