Civil Society and Governance in Europe

Author: William A. Maloney
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 9781848442870
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Political Science

The research presented in this book based on new primary data demonstrates that in terms of civil society actors adapting to the European political space the Europeanization process has an uneven development. This innovative book integrates top-down approaches for the study of relationships within the developing EU-multilevel system (i.e., the consequences of Europeanization for civil society at the local level) and bottom-up approaches (i.e., the consequences of civil society for the process of European integration and democracy in the EU). The contributors argue that exploration of these recursive linkages requires a rethinking of the relationships between (local, national, and trans-national) civil society on the one hand, and multi-level governance on the other. In analyzing the opportunities for civil society associations to contribute to European integration and decision-making from various perspectives, the following findings are presented, amongst others: engagement with and confidence in the EU (compared to national institutions) is relatively weak among associational members party elites play a key gatekeeper role in the European space the EU and interest groups have had limited success in stimulating the development of citizen engagement, civil society and social capital in various countries. In the rapidly expanding field of research on democratic decision-making in Europe, this book will be welcomed by academics and scholars alike at postgraduate levels and above. Experts working in the field of European decision-making (such as lawyers and lobbyists) who are looking for conclusions based on high-quality empirical research will also find much in this book to engage them.

Civil Society and Legitimate European Governance

Author: Stijn Smismans
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 9781847200198
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Genre: Political Science

Smismans gathers a fine selection of papers. The book gains particular authority from its interdisciplinary approach. Ulrike Ehling, European Law Journal This book explores the concept of civil society , which over recent years has been revived and introduced into the institutional debate within the EU. Significantly, EU institutions themselves have made reference to civil society and, on an academic plane, it has been argued that the debate on the legitimacy of European governance should value the role of civil society organisations. Bringing together lawyers and political scientists, the book studies the role of civil society organisations in the multi-level context of European governance. Civil Society and Legitimate European Governance bridges the distance between normative suggestions, legal instruments and empirical analysis. Providing original contributions to the research on European governance, this book will appeal to all scholars and students with an interest in European integration and European institutions.

The European Court and Civil Society

Author: Rachel A. Cichowski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139462358
Release Date: 2007-03-08
Genre: Political Science

The European Union today stands on the brink of radical institutional and constitutional change. The most recent enlargement and proposed legal reforms reflect a commitment to democracy: stabilizing political life for citizens governed by new regimes, and constructing a European Union more accountable to civil society. Despite the perceived novelty of these reforms, this book explains (through quantitative data and qualitative case analyses) how the European Court of Justice has developed and sustained a vibrant tradition of democratic constitutionalism since the 1960s. The book documents the dramatic consequences of this institutional change for civil society and public policy reform throughout Europe. Cichowski offers detailed empirical and historical studies of gender equality and environmental protection law across fifteen countries and over thirty years, revealing important linkages between civil society, courts and the construction of governance. The findings bring into question dominant understandings of legal integration.

Europe and Civil Society

Author: Carlo Ruzza
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 0719061776
Release Date: 2004-07-16
Genre: Political Science

This book provides an in-depth examination of how public interest groups and social movements seek to influence the European policy-making process. Based on a comparison of the role of networks of activists and their allies - in influencing decision-making at the European Union level in three specific areas of policy-making: environmentalism, anti-racism and ethno-nationalist regionalism - it draws on systematic documentary analysis and an extensive series of interviews with activists and institutional actors to examine the role of public interest organisations in these three areas. It reflects topical societal concerns and facilitates new insights into the study of European policy-making, political sociology, and social movement research.

The New Politics of European Civil Society

Author: Ulrike Liebert
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136865206
Release Date: 2012-08-21
Genre: Political Science

Over the past two decades, civil society has played a pivotal role in Europe, from the demise of Communist rule to the reunification of Europe, followed by the expansion of the single market to the reconstitution of democracy in the enlarged European Union. European civil society has emerged as a social space between EU governance and the citizens of the member states, populated by non-state agents claiming to represent, speak for or participate on behalf of the most varied social constituencies in EU decision making. This book consolidates European civil society research by re-viewing its conceptual, normative and empirical-analytical foundations. With contributors from political science to sociology to law, it captures the evolving practices of European civil society that stretch across the national (local), the European and the global realm. Developing an analytical framework that highlights the interplay between civil society building and polity building from above as well as from below, within the legal and institutional framework of the EU, they examine whether and how civil society can contribute to making democracy work in normative democratic theoretical perspectives. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of civil society, European politics, political science and sociology.

Governance and European Civil Society

Author: Acar Kutay
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317808404
Release Date: 2014-02-24
Genre: Political Science

This book provides a critical analysis of the European Union’s approach to ‘governance’, focusing on the way in which civil society is incorporated within the EU decision-making process and arguing that it is not conducive to the democratisation of EU governance. Using a governmentality approach, Kutay demonstrates that civic actors are not incorporated into EU decision-making processes as they are; rather, they are formed, manipulated and guided by political programming. The author explains how this acts to prescribe and construct particular types of subjectivities, thereby limiting and constraining the types of participation that might emerge as part of European civil society and the process of political participation. Governance and European Civil Society will be of interest to students and scholars of European Union politics, global governance, civil society and democracy, Central and East European studies and political and international theory.

Governance of the European research area

Author: European Commission
ISBN: UVA:X004781749
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Research

Since the influence of science stretches far beyond the scientific community, involving society in setting research priorities and monitoring research activities is becoming increasingly important. This publication explores the growing trend towards direct participation by citizens in the governance of research in Europe. It seeks to investigate ways of optimising this process so as to better integrate civil society into the European Research Area.

Civil Society and Activism in Europe

Author: William A. Maloney
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136996979
Release Date: 2010-04-05
Genre: Political Science

This book examines the role of civil society organizations in several advanced European democracies: Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Specifically the book focuses on how voluntary organizations contribute to civic and democratic health and assesses the impact of different organizational types on social capital. Building on Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies and Social Capital and Associations in Europe (2007), this volume seeks to widen and deepen the analysis by introducing new data on activists and combining it with the organizational data and the population data. It evaluates the impact of the organizational context on individual activity profiles and attitudes and values of activists and provides a unique assessment on the contribution that voluntary associations make to civil and democratic society. Part One deals with the consequences of associational involvement for several attitudinal and behavioural orientations and Part Two expands the scope of the effects of voluntary associations towards European attitudes. This book is essential reading for students and scholars of civil society, democracy, political participation, politics and sociology.

Participants Or Observers in European Governance

Author: Kristina Charrad
Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company
ISBN: NWU:35556041335993
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Political Science

This study focuses on the framework conditions under which civil society actors from the new Central and East European member states of the European Union are operating in Brussels. They are facing Several challenges which complicate their access to the formal and informal networks of European policy making. By analysing the network around the Directive on Services, the author exemplifies the difficulties the civil society actors from the four new member states face and what implications it has on the EU governance.

Handbuch Staat

Author: Rüdiger Voigt
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783658207441
Release Date: 2018-07-20
Genre: Political Science

Dieses Handbuch schließt eine zentrale Forschungslücke, denn das Thema „Staat“ ist heute wichtiger denn je. Im deutschen Sprachraum fehlt es aber an aktuellen, umfassenden und zugleich kompakten Darstellungen des Themas. Im Unterscheid zu juristisch orientierten Staatslexiken wird im neuen „Handbuch Staat“ die sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektive stärker betont. Das komplexe Feld „Staat“ wird von einschlägigen Experten umfassend und aus verschiedenen Perspektiven analysiert und dargestellt. Gliederungskriterien erleichtern den raschen Zugriff zum Thema. Zu diesem Zweck ist das Gesamtthema in acht Teile untergliedert, um in jedem Teil die wichtigsten Einzelthemen unter einer spezifischen Fragestellung zu bearbeiten.

Die Entzauberung partizipativer Demokratie

Author: Beate Kohler-Koch
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 9783593392936
Release Date: 2010-11-08
Genre: Political Science

Die partizipative Demokratie, also das Regieren gemeinsam mit der Zivilgesellschaft, ist ein Kernpunkt der europäischen Verfassung. Die Autorinnen untersuchen diesen Anspruch auf Bürgernähe empirisch, analysieren, auf welche Weise die zivilgesellschaftliche Einbindung tatsächlich erfolgt, und prüfen, inwieweit die politische Praxis das Qualitätsmerkmal "partizipative Demokratie" verdient.

European Civil Society on the Road to Success

Author: Matthias Freise
Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company
ISBN: IND:30000095670240
Release Date: 2008
Genre: History

This anthology contributes to the ongoing discussion of how and to what extent civil society might provide avenues for the further integration of Europe and for the deepening of European democracy. Its aim is to break the barriers between the traditional division of labour of European governance and national-regional-local oriented social and political research. The authors also place emphasis on the integration of empirical and normative concepts related to the European civil society discourses.

Environmental Governance in Europe and Asia

Author: Jona Razzaque
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415496544
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Law

This book looks at environmental governance in both Asia and Europe and offers a comparative analysis of the two regions in order to provide a better understanding of the concept of ‘environmental governance’ and its status in Europe and Asia. The book assesses the legislative, institutional and participatory mechanisms which affect the overall development of environmental governance, and analyses current issues, concerns and strategies in respect of environmental governance at the local, national, and international levels. The rapid changes in economic, social and political life have had an enormous impact on Asia’s ecosystems and resources. Asian countries, in the name of economic development, are following the same environmentally destructive path their European counterparts followed in the past. The key to the environmental future of these two regions lies in the evolution of the character of governance - the ensemble of social ethics, public policies and institutions which structure how state actors and the civil society interact with the environment. This book will be valuable to scholars and students of environmental politics, EU and Asian studies, public policy, environmental law, and to decision makers and policy analysts.

Changing Images of Civil Society

Author: Bruno Jobert
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415586665
Release Date: 2010-05
Genre: Political Science

This text examines the concept of civil society, the role attributed to civil society in different countries, at different times and historic situations, the reasons for its surfacing and its multiple forms in political discourse.

Civil Society Participation in European and Global Governance

Author: J. Steffek
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230592506
Release Date: 2007-12-04
Genre: Social Science

It is often argued that the enhanced consultation of civil society contributes to the democratization of European and global governance. This collection investigates whether this theoretical argument is supported by empirical evidence. Ten original essays analyze current patterns of civil society consultation in 32 intergovernmental organizations.