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Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology

EU Civil Society

Patterns of Cooperation, Competition and Conflict

Editors: Kalm, Sara, Johansson, Håkan (Eds.)

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This volume provides a novel and relational sociological approach to the study of EU civil society. It focuses on the interactions and interrelations between civil society actors and the forms of capital that structure the fields and sub-fields of EU civil society, through new and important empirical studies on organized EU civil society.

About the authors

Stefan Bernhard, Institute for Employment Research, Germany Luis Bouza García, College of Europe, Belgium Pauline Cullen, Maynooth University, Ireland Denis Frank, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Didier Georgakakis, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, and College of Europe, Belgium Justin Greenwood, Robert Gordon University, UK and College of Europe, Belgium Elsa Hedling, Lund University, Sweden Jayeon Lee, Lund University, Sweden Anna Meeuwisse, Lund University, Sweden Carlo Ruzza, University of Trento, Italy Rosa Sanchez Salgado, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Gabriella Scaramuzzino, Lund University, Sweden Roberto Scaramuzzino, Lund University, Sweden Ylva Stubbergaard, Lund University, Sweden

Reviews

“Interested readers and researchers in the field of EU civil society will find detailed information about methodological issues and data collection. … In general, the volume provides detailed consideration of the conflicts and risks which civil society organisations face in the lobby-based Brussels context.” (Andi Hoxhaj, Journal of Contemporary European Research, Vol.14 (02), 2018)

“There are many good reasons for recommending this volume. It departs from the mainstream of European civil society research; it takes a new and fresh theoretical approach to the analysis of a complex phenomenon; it provides a bunch of interesting case studies which are thoroughly researched and well documented.” (Annette Zimmer, Voluntas, Vol. 28, 2017)


'This volume is a fantastically innovative contribution to the study of EU civil society. The relational approach covering the theoretical perspectives of the network, coalition and field model focuses on cooperation and competition so decisive for the constitution and performance of CSOs. The entire book is a 'must read' not only because of the empirical richness of the individual contributions but because the common relational approach provides a comprehensive view of the structure and dynamics of EU civil society." - Beate Kohler-Koch, University of Mannheim, Germany

'EU Civil Society casts new lights on the phenomenon of EU civil society. Whereas previous research has focused on the role of EU policies in fostering EU civil society (top-down perspective), on Civil Society organizations tactics and strategies (bottom-up perspective), or on the democratic qualities of EU Civil Society (democratic perspective), this book adopts a relational perspective illuminating the cooperative and conflict-laded interactions taking place between Civil Society actors at the European level. Mobilizing a set of theoretical models (network, coalition, field), the contributions to this volume investigate empirically different types of interactions between Civil Society actors and with the European institutions in a variety of policy-fields. This book will be a major resource for all those interested in the EU Civil Society and its dynamic evolution.' - Bernard Enjolras, Institute for Social Research, Norway

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Thinking Relationally: Questions, Themes and Perspectives for the Study of EU Civil Society

    Johansson, Håkan (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Changes in the Field of EU Civil Society Organisations: Institutionalisation, Differentiation and Challengers

    Ruzza, Carlo

    Pages 23-42

  • Informational Capital: How It Is Developed and Used by CSOs and EU Institutions

    Bernhard, Stefan

    Pages 43-60

  • Competing Capital Logics in the Field of EU-Level CSOs: ‘Autonomy from’ or ‘Interconnectedness with’ the EU?

    Johansson, Håkan (et al.)

    Pages 61-80

  • From Coalition to Community: Collective Identity Formation in the Social Platform

    Cullen, Pauline

    Pages 81-97

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
EU Civil Society
Book Subtitle
Patterns of Cooperation, Competition and Conflict
Editors
  • Sara Kalm
  • Håkan Johansson
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50072-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137500724
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50070-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 273
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