Civil Society and Governance in Europe

From National to International Linkages

Author: William A. Maloney,Jan W. Van Deth

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1848442874

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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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.
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Civil Society and Activism in Europe

Contextualizing Engagement and Political Orientations

Author: William A. Maloney,Jan W. Van Deth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136996982

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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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.
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The European Court and Civil Society

Litigation, Mobilization and Governance

Author: Rachel A. Cichowski

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139462350

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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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.
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Civil Society and Legitimate European Governance

Author: Stijn Smismans

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1843769468

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

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'Smismans gathers a fine selection of papers. the book gains particular authority from its interdisciplinary approach.' - Ulrike Ehling, European Law Journal
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The New Politics of European Civil Society

Author: Ulrike Liebert,Hans-Jörg Trenz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136865209

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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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.
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Europe and Civil Society

Movement Coalitions and European Governance

Author: Carlo Ruzza

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719061776

Category: Political Science

Page: 221

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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.
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Civil Society and International Governance

The Role of Non-State Actors in the EU, Africa, Asia and Middle East

Author: David Armstrong,Valeria Bello,Julie Gilson,Debora Spini

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136888934

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via www.tandfebooks.com as well as the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. 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.
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State and Civil Society in Northern Europe

The Swedish Model Reconsidered

Author: Lars Trägårdh

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845451875

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

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In neo-liberal political and economic climate, it is suggested that a state stands in opposition to an autonomous civil society. This book offers insights into the dynamics of state and civil society relations, against trends of undermining the importance of the welfare state, and presents autonomous civic participation as the only way forward.
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Participants Or Observers in European Governance?

Civil Society Lobbyists from Central and Eastern Europe in Brussels

Author: Kristina Charrad

Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

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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.
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Environmental Governance in Europe and Asia

A Comparative Study of Institutional and Legislative Frameworks

Author: Jona Razzaque

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415496543

Category: Law

Page: 142

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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.
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The Third Sector in Europe

Author: Adalbert Evers,Jean-Louis Laville

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9781843769774

Category: History

Page: 266

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The contributors examine the voluntary & non-profit sectors in Europe. They discuss a number of issues regarding this 'third' sector.
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Social Rights, Active Citizenship and Governance in the European Union

Author: Thomas P. Boje,Martin Potucek

Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company

ISBN: 9783832954192

Category: Political Science

Page: 203

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This collection presents the main outcomes concerning social rights, active citizenship, and governance in the European Union, as presented at the final conference of the Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe (CINEFOGO) Network of Excellence (Brussels, March 2009). The classic social debate about active citizen involvement in governance has re-emerged in the changing contexts of globalization and European integreation. Researchers have been involved in deepening the understanding of the role of civil society and new forms of governance in Europe and the making of European citizenship. They have been systematically studying political, legal, institutional, and economic conditions, as well as the different roles of various actors and institutions, the extent of their involvement in decision-making, and how their actions influence the changing human living conditions, including the actual accessibility of social rights for EU citizens. Different aspects of the structural changes to welfare states, and the extent and forms of citizens' participation in addressing public affairs, have been placed in the center of research attention. (Series: European Civil Society)
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Civil Society and International Governance

The Role of Non-State Actors in the EU, Africa, Asia and Middle East

Author: David Armstrong,Valeria Bello,Julie Gilson,Debora Spini

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0203840054

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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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.
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Human rights, civil society, and democratic governance in Russia

current situation and prospects for the future : hearing before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, February 8, 2006

Author: United States. Congress. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 48

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The Governance of Urban Green Spaces in the EU

Social Innovation and Civil Society

Author: Judith Schicklinski

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315403811

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

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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.
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Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans

Author: V. Bojicic-Dzelilovic,J. Ker-Lindsay,D. Kostovicova

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137296259

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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This book explores the ambiguous role played by civil society in the processes of state-building, democratization and post-conflict reconstruction in the Western Balkans challenging the assumption that civil society is always a force for good by analysing civil society actors and their effects in post-communist and post-conflict transition.
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Civil Society and the Security Sector

Concepts and Practices in New Democracies

Author: Marina Caparini,Philipp Fluri,Ferenc Molnár

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825893644

Category: Political Science

Page: 257

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This volume analyses the role of civil society in the reform and oversight of the security sector in post- communist countries as a key aspect of the transition towards democracy. It is widely accepted that civil society actors have an important contribution to make in the governance of the security sector. However, that specific role has not been subject to much close or comparative examination. This book constitutes an attempt to examine and compare experiences of civil society participation in security oversight across Central and Eastern Europe. The first part of the volume presents the reader with the theoretical and conceptual background against which the potential role of civil society in security sector governance can be understood and assessed. The remainder of the book is comprised of nine country studies of civil society engagement with the security sector. Reviewing developments over the past 15 years of regime transformation in the region, the book draws upon a rich variety of cases that cast light on the different experiences, challenges, and successes of civil society actors and the media in democratization, security sector reform, and the exercise of democratic oversight of the security sector. Marina Caparini is senior fellow at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. Philipp H. Fluri is deputy director of DCAF and executive director of DCAF Brussels (Belgium). Ferenc Molnar is a military sociologist and deputy director of the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies, National Defence University, Budapest (Hungary).
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Civil Society and Governance in China

Author: J. Yu,Sujian Guo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137092491

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Written by scholars from both inside and outside China, this wide-ranging collection of essays explores the complexity of the relationship between governance and civil society by combining theoretical exploration and empirical case studies based on the governance practice in China.
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European Civil Society on the Road to Success?

Author: Matthias Freise

Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 260

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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.
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The European Union and Global Governance

A Handbook

Author: Dr Jens-Uwe Wunderlich,David J Bailey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136962816

Category: Political Science

Page: 380

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The European Union and Global Governance: A Handbook aims to analyse contemporary debates in European Studies in order to provide lessons for the development, design and normative evaluation of global governance. It brings together scholars of European studies and international relations, where much of the literature on regional and global governance is located, thereby providing interdisciplinary lessons from the study of European Union and its governance that can be used to re-evaluate processes of global governance. Each chapter examines methodological, theoretical or empirical discussions within European studies in order to draw insights for current developments in global governance.
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