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 Legitimate European Governance

Author: Stijn Smismans

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1847200192

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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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 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.
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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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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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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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Governance and European Civil Society

Governmentality, Discourse and NGOs

Author: Acar Kutay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317808398

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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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.
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The Transnationalization of Economies, States, and Civil Societies

New Challenges for Governance in Europe

Author: Laszlo Bruszt,Ronald Holzhacker

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387893396

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 302

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This book brings together the study of transnationalization in three institutional fields: civil society, state and the economy. It also extends the research of processes of transnationalization to evolving new democracies and emerging market economies.
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Open Government Fostering Dialogue with Civil Society

Fostering Dialogue with Civil Society

Author: OECD

Publisher: OECD Publishing

ISBN: 9264019952

Category:

Page: 216

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This book examines how to build robust legal, institutional and policy frameworks for access to information, consultation and public participation in policy-making.
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Modernizing Democracy

Associations and Associating in the 21st Century

Author: Matthias Freise,Thorsten Hallmann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 149390485X

Category: Social Science

Page: 357

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Modernizing Democracy brings together scholars focusing the role of associations and associating in contemporary societies. Organizations and associations have been identified as the “meso level of society” and as the “basic elements of democracy”. They are important providers of welfare services and play an important role between the individual and political spheres. In recent years the environment of associations and associating has changed dramatically. Individualization, commercialization and globalization are challenging both democracy and the capability of associations to fulfill the functions attributed to them by social sciences. This change provides the central question of the volume: Is being part of an organization or association becoming an outdated model? And do associations still have the capacity of modernizing societies or are they just outdated remnants of post-democracy? The contributions to Modernizing Democracy will be organized into: Studying Association and Associating in the 21st Century, Associating in Times of Post-Democracy and Associations and the Challenge of Capitalist Development. The book will be attractive to third sector researchers as well as a broader academic community of political scientists, sociologists, economists, legal scientists and related disciplines.
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European Disunion

Between Sovereignty and Solidarity

Author: J. Hayward,R. Wurzel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137271353

Category: Political Science

Page: 337

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The Euro crisis catapulted the EU into its most serious political crisis since its inception, leaving it torn between opposing demands for more sovereignty and solidarity. This volume focuses on the key themes of disunion, sovereignty and solidarity. It assesses the main EU institutions: member states, civil society actors and policy areas.
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