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European Governance and Democracy: Power and Protest in the EU - Governance in Europe Series (Hardback)
  • European Governance and Democracy: Power and Protest in the EU - Governance in Europe Series (Hardback)

European Governance and Democracy: Power and Protest in the EU - Governance in Europe Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 286 Pages / Published: 13/05/2008
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Considering the future of European integration, this clear and compelling study explores the interplay between collective action and democracy in the European Union. Richard Balme and Didier Chabanet convincingly show that as support for broadening and deepening integration has waned, contentious and powerful social movements have flourished. The authors analyze the relationship among interest group politics, social movements, and public policy at the EU level though a wealth of case studies on regional policy, unemployment and poverty, women's rights, migration policy, and environmental protection. An essential primer on European democracy, this study will be invaluable for scholars and students in European politics and public policy, globalization and democracy, and comparative social movements.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742529342
Number of pages: 286
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 236 x 159 x 23 mm

This is a very timely book that examines governance and democracy in the European Union. . . . This study is valuable for students and observers of EU politics, as well as for those interested in social justice, democratization, and the civil society movements. Recommended. * CHOICE *
This is a book well worth reading both for its contributions to EU studies and research on contentious activity. It raises important questions of political action in systems of complex governance. . . . European Governance and Democracy represents the fusion of two distinct research areas: the politics of the European Union (EU) and how social movements/interest groups attempt to influence the political process. This fusion offers new opportunities to study processes of political mobilization in a multilevel, complex system of governance. It also illustrates the challenges of studying mobilization processes in such an environment. The book is well-rooted in both literatures. * Mobilization *
This book, by two leading French scholars of collective political action, offers a bold and comprehensive study of interest group and protest politics at the European level. The combination of a cross-national structural analysis with a longitudinal comparison of a selected set of policymaking processes allows the authors to uncover the fundamental dynamics of European decision making. They show the complex multilevel mix of these processes, their sectoral compartmentalization, and, most importantly, their politicization. If European decision making now reaches beyond the arcane bureaucracies to which it was originally confined, the analysis, however, also points out that it keeps favoring those groups who already have a long-established record of influence at the national level. -- Hanspeter Kriesi, University of Zurich
European institutions and traditional forms of democratic participation have attracted a lot of scholars' attention, while collective action and social movements directed against the EU, with a few exceptions, have suffered from benign neglect. This book sheds new light on the European dream (for some) or nightmare (for others). The disconnection of EU regulatory powers from distributive or redistributive policies is a powerful trigger for political mobilization. This division of tasks has been a comfortable buffer for the Brussels elite for some time. In the long run it could become 'the kiss of death.' -- Yves Meny, European University Institute
A gem. The book crisply sets out the relationship between European governance structures and collective political action and explores the implications of this relationship for the future of democracy in Europe. I don't know of any other work that takes on these important questions so comprehensively or successfully. It will quickly become a well-thumbed reference to European democracy. -- Doug Imig, University of Memphis


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