Europe and Civil Society: Movement Coalitions and European Governance

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Manchester University Press, Jul 16, 2004 - Political Science - 221 pages
Europe and Civil Society provides an in-depth examination of how public interest groups and social movements seek to influence the European policy-making process. The book is based on a comparison of the role of networks of activists and their allies--broadly defined as Movement Advocacy Coalitions--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 organizations in these three areas. This focus 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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Contents

The impact of movement coalitions on policymaking
26
Environmentalism
56
Antiracism
83
Ethnonationalism
111
Europe and movement advocacy coalitions
137
methodological approaches
183
MACs and public opinion
202
Index
219
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Carlo Ruzza is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento.

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