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Organized civil society and european governance

Objective

Social movement-related organisations and their sympathisers can provide useful new ideas to the policy process. They can represent civil society at various levels of governance, and notably at the EU level where a lack of democratic accountability and of a direct referent in civil society can undermine their effectiveness. However, they encounter obstacles to an effective performance. Lack of sensibility to their advocacy may contribute to their neglect. Lack of resources may limit their effectiveness. We focus on their role in policy responses to recent social controversies in environmental, anti-racist and regional policy, where movement organisations have competed for influence with other interests. Concentrating on two issues per policy field, we seek to examine their accountability and representativeness, their operating mechanisms and the factors that hinder or enable them at various levels of governance.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO*
Address
Via G. Verdi 26
38100 Trento
Italy

Participants (10)

FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES
France
Address
Rue De La Chaise 10
75007 Paris
HELLENIC OPEN UNIVERSITY
Greece
Address
Papaflessa An Ypsilantou Stree
26222 Patras
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY
Spain
Address
S/n,c/o Facultad De Ciencias Sociales Y De La Comunica
48080 Bilbao
UNIVERSIDADE DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
Address
Pazo De San Xerome - Plaza Do Obradoiro S/n
15701 Santiago De Compostela
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place Montesquieu 7
1348 Louvain-la-neuve
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF SODERTORN
Sweden
Address
Alfred Nobels Alle, 7 Moas Bage Hus E, 443 Flemmin
141 04 Huddinge
UNIVERSITY ELTE OF BUDAPEST
Hungary
Address
Egyetem Ter 1-3
1364 Budapest
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
United Kingdom
Address
Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester
UNIVERSITY OF SILESIA
Poland
Address
Bankowa 11
40 007 Katowice
UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
United Kingdom
Address

FK9 4LA Stirling