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Europeanizing civil society : how the EU shapes civil society organizations

Europeanizing civil society : how the EU shapes civil society organizations / Rosa Sanchez Salgado.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Physical Description
xviii, 259 pages ; 23 cm.
The European Union (EU) has clearly made a difference for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). EU officials and European political entrepreneurs have been crucial in the promotion of funding and access opportunities, but they have been proven to have little capacity to create CSOs from scratch or to use CSOs too bluntly for their own purposes. This book brings Europeanization studies closer to society by providing a sociologically-informed analysis, which challenges current assumptions and highlights neglected areas of study. It also addresses many of the methodological challenges in the empirical study of the Europeanization of interest groups, including a comparative analysis over a long time period. The book provides a comparison across three countries, France, UK and Spain, and two policy sectors, international solidarity and social CSOs.
Added to Catalog
January 06, 2015
Palgrave studies in European political sociology.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. The Europeanization of CSOs, Institutional Impact or Strategic Action?
Part I: Domestic Civil Society under EU Pressures
2. Domestic Civil Society, National or European?
3. A European Policy for CSOs? Exploring European Political Opportunities
4. European Opportunities: Institutional Factors and Creative Usages
Part II: Europeanizing CSOs through European opportunities
5. EU funding of CSOs: From New Public to New Civic Management
6. CSOs and Identity Building: Cheerleaders for European Integration?
Part III: Europeanizing Civil Society through Participation
7. The Europeanization of CSOs' Participation: Beyond the Brussels Consensus.
Conclusion: The Political Construction of European Civil Society: Legitimate and Democratic?.

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