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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Civil Society and International Governance

Author: David Armstrong
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136888939
Release Date: 2010-11-23
Genre: Political Science

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via as well as the OAPEN Library platform, It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license and is part of the OAPEN-UK research project. Structures and processes occurring within and between states are no longer the only – or even the most important - determinants of those political, economic and social developments and dynamics that shape the modern world. Many issues, including the environment, health, crime, drugs, migration and terrorism, can no longer be contained within national boundaries. As a result, it is not always possible to identify the loci for authority and legitimacy, and the role of governments has been called into question. Civil Society anf International Governance critically analyses the increasing impact of nongovernmental organisations and civil society on global and regional governance. Written from the standpoint of advocates of civil society and addressing the role of civil society in relation to the UN, the IMF, the G8 and the WTO, this volume assess the role of various non-state actors from three perspectives: theoretical aspects, civil society interaction with the European Union and civil society and regional governance outside Europe, specifically Africa, East Asia and the Middle East. It demonstrates that civil society’s role has been more complex than one defined in terms, essentially, of resistance and includes actual participation in governance as well as multi-facetted contributions to legitimising and democratising global and regional governance. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, international relations, civil society, sociology, European politics and global governance.

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.

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.

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.

The Languages of Civil Society

Author: Peter Wagner
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 184545118X
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Philosophy

The past two decades have witnessed a revival of the concept of 'civil society'. From East Central Europe to Latin America and East Asia to the recent calls for a 'European civil society' and a 'global civil society', the concept signifies the need for national and supra-national forms of civic commitment against both unjustified state domination and neo-liberal marketization. Reviewing the long history of the concept, its use in various regional contexts and its place in critical political theory, this book takes comprehensive stock of these debates and asks about the potential of the concept of civil society in guiding political transformations towards fuller understandings of liberty and democracy.

The Governance of Urban Green Spaces in the EU

Author: Judith Schicklinski
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781315403816
Release Date: 2017-04-28
Genre: Business & Economics

Across European cities the use of urban space is controversial and subject to diverging interests. On the one hand citizens are increasingly aware of the necessity for self-organising to reclaim green spaces. On the other hand local authorities have started to involve citizens in the governance of urban green spaces. While an increased level of citizen participation and conducive conditions for citizens’ self-organisation are a desirable development per se, the risk of functionalising civil society actors by the local authority for neoliberal city development must be kept in mind. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data collected in 29 European cities from all four European geographic regions, this book examines the governance of urban green spaces and urban food production, focusing on the contribution of citizen-driven activities. Over the course of the book, Schicklinski identifies best practice examples of successful collaboration between citizens and local government. The book concludes with policy recommendations with great practical value for local governance in European cities in times of the growth-turn. This book will be of great relevance to students, scholars, and policy-makers with an interest in environmental governance, urban geography, and sustainable development.

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.

European Governance

Author: Ulrike Rüb
Publisher: The Federal Trust for Education & Research
ISBN: 1903403332
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Business & Economics

With the physical realization of European Monetary Union, and talk of a European constitution, it is time for Britain to consider how to get her people’s voices heard in the European Union. This book, a direct response to the European Commission’s 2001 White Paper on Governance, examines the consultation process, drawing from authors at the heart of Westminster and Brussels, and takes a look at how " e-democracy" could revolutionize the democratic process. It views the application of EU legislation from the perspectives of industry, local and national government and, finally, covers global governance, probing whether Britain wants the EU to speak with a single voice on the international scene. * Contributions from eminent practitioners, parliamentarians and civil servants, lobbyists, diplomats and authors drawn from civil society, business, academia and think-tanks. * Important issues for the Euro referendum * Implications for global governance in the light of 9-11