Contentious Europeans / Edition 1

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Overview

Is the process of European integration shifting the targets of social movements from the national arena to the European Union level? Does the EU remain isolated from the reach of national democratic politics? Or are social movements responding to the transnational issues posed by the European Union, but continuing to do so by treading the traditional pathways of nation-specific contentious politics? Addressing these key but hitherto unexplored questions, this groundbreaking volume explores how European citizens are responding to the growing policymaking power of the EU. The contributors argue that the emergence of a supranational realm of European government offers new opportunities and constraints for domestic social actors. In this new transnational realm, groups such as environmentalists, students, and trade unionists can not only undertake traditional domestic forms of contentious action, but also link together across national borders. At the same time, the volume cautions against rushing to herald a new era of transnational mobilization, as significant barriers remain to launching contentious action in the transnational realm, national governments continue to play a primary role in policymaking before the EU, and tried-and-true routines of collective action and institutions attach citizens to their national political systems. At the heart of the book is a newly developed theoretical framework, which is rigorously tested against the evidence offered by the editors' longitudinal and cross-national database on contentious political action, as well as by a series of sector-specific case studies. The combination of theory and original research will make this an important reference for scholars as well as a valuable supplement in courses on comparative politics, Western Europe, and social movements.
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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Imig and Tarrow have assembled a group of scholars who are at the cutting edge of new methodologies and current political and social transformations. . . . Rich and provocative research. . . . Strongly recommended.
Eusa Journal
An important work [that] firmly establishes the relationship between social movement literature and European integration studies. . . . Contentious Europeans is rich in detail and judicious in conclusions, and the case studies are first-rate in terms of information and evaluation.
— Robert Ladrech
European Political Science Journal
As a study that contributes in multiple ways to two important topics of research, the authors should be praised for their methodological approach as well as for their ability to present a clear typology of social movements' activity within the EU context. All the chapters in the book contribute to shift the focus of analysis from a merely cross-border approach, to the potential for more comprehensive levels of action.
E-Extreme
Imig and Tarrow's latest publication is a pioneering work in the field of social movements. It introduces a European dimension to contentious politics, an brings together in one analysis various groups organized around a wide range of issues.
American Journal of Sociology
This is an attractive and valuable collection of scholarship. This is research at its best, and the book deserves wide readership.
Contemporary Sociology
Thoughtful and open-minded, lucid and carefully organized…. It is at the cutting edge of debate about both the European Union and social movements…. This is research at its best, and the book deserves wide readership.
— John A. Hall
Choice
Imig and Tarrow have assembled a group of scholars who are at the cutting edge of new methodologies and current political and social transformations. . . . Rich and provocative research. . . . Strongly recommended.
Race Relations Abstracts - Robert Ladrech
An important work [that] firmly establishes the relationship between social movement literature and European integration studies. . . . Contentious Europeans is rich in detail and judicious in conclusions, and the case studies are first-rate in terms of information and evaluation.
Contemporary Sociology - John A. Hall
Thoughtful and open-minded, lucid and carefully organized…. It is at the cutting edge of debate about both the European Union and social movements…. This is research at its best, and the book deserves wide readership.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742500846
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Governance in Europe Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.68 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Imig is associate professor of political science at the University of Memphis. Sidney Tarrow is Maxwell Upson Professor of Government and Sociology at Cornell University.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I: Studying a Moving Target: Theory and Data On European Contention Chapter 2 Studying Contention in an Emerging Polity Chapter 3 Mapping the Europeanization of Contention: Evidence from a Quantitative Data Analysis Part 4 Part II: European Policies and National Responses Chapter 5 Trade Union Organizing at the European Level: The Dilemma of Borrowed Resources Chapter 6 Framing Contention: Dutch and Spanish Farmers Confront the EU Chapter 7 European Farmers and Their Protests Part 8 Part III: Lobbies or Movements? Chapter 9 Lobbying or Protest? Strategies to Influence EU Environmental Policies Chapter 10 Multilevel Action Coordination in European Contentious Politics: The European Women's Lobby Chapter 11 Weak Weapons of the Weak? Transnational Mobilization around Migration Part 12 Part IV: The Formation of European Actors Chapter 13 Media Construction in the Dynamics of Euro-protest Chapter 14 The European Conflict over Genetically-Engineered Crops, 1995-97 Part 15 Part V: Comparisons and Conclusions Chapter 16 Contentious Politics in a Composite Polity
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