The Development of Third Sector in the Baltic States: Impact of Legal Environment

Saulė Mačiukaitė-Žvinienė


This article analyzes the development of the third sector in all three Baltic States in the context of legal environment. The aim of the article is to evaluate the influence of legal environment to the development of third sector. The subject of the analysis – the impact discourses of legal environment on the development of third sector. For the purposes of the analysis, these methods are applied: NGOs Sustainability Index, correlation, and comparative methods. The article is divided into two sections. The first section describes the logic behind NGOs Sustainability Index through enumeration of the component factors and clarification of the relative measures, and attempts to evaluate the development of the legal environment that applies to the third sector. The second section applies correlation for the purposes of determination of the legal environment impact on the development of third sector.


impact of legal environment; supportive legislation; third sector; non-governmental organizations; correlation; sustainability index

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