Civil Society and Governance in Europe: From National to International Linkages

Civil Society and Governance in Europe: From National to International Linkages


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Civil Society and Governance in Europe: From National to International Linkages by William A. Maloney

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847207586
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 07/31/2008
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Edited by William A. Maloney, Professor of Politics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and Jan W. van Deth, Professor of Political Science and International Comparative Social Research, University of Mannheim, Germany

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: From Bottom-up and Top-down Towards Multi-level Governance in Europe
Jan W. van Deth and William A. Maloney
2. Bringing Society Back In: Civil Society, Social Capital and the Third Sector
Annette Zimmer and Matthias Freise
3. The Associational Impact on Attitudes Towards Europe: A Tale of Two Cities
William A. Maloney and Jan W. van Deth
4. The Political Opportunity Structure for Civil Society Organisations in a Multilevel Context: Social Movement Organisations and the European Union
Marc Hooghe
5. Bringing the Citizens Closer to the EU? The Role of Civil Society in Wales in the European Convention
Deborah Cook
6. Europeanisation as Empowerment of Civil Society: All Smoke and Mirrors?
Cristina Elena Parau and Jerry Wittmeier Bains
7. Citizenship, Welfare and the Opportunities for Political Mobilisation: Migrants and Unemployed Compared
Didier Chabanet and Marco Giugni
8. Addressing the ‘Communication Gap’: The Difficult Connection of European and Domestic Political Spaces
Cécile Leconte
9. The Role of Interest Groups in Fostering Citizen Engagement: The Determinants of Outside Lobbying
Christine Mahoney
10. Coalition Structures in National Policy Networks: The Domestic Context of European Politics
Silke Adam, Margit Jochum and Hanspeter Kriesi
11. European Union Support for Civil Society in the Baltic States
Susan Stewart
12. Conclusion: Europeanization, Multi-level Governance and Civil Society
William A. Maloney and Jan W. van Deth

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