Europeanisation : Social Actors and the Transfer of Models in EU-27

Europeanisation : Social Actors and the Transfer of Models in EU-27
edited by :
Sandrine DEVAUX and Imogen SUDBERY
Prague, CEFRES, 2009, 257 p.
ISBN 978-80-86311-21-3

1eDeCouvLightSince the 1980’s, the growing role of social actors has been observed in the framework of the European polity. If this new conception of European mechanisms is well understood and recognised by almost all stakeholders, nevertheless the manner in which social actors inside the EU-27 are using these new resources has still been little studied. The challenge of this collective volume is to capture the effects of both EU widening and deepening processes on social actors from old, new and prospective member states. The empirical findings presented here are the results of a research that took place within the EU-Consent programme, which was supported by the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission.
The ultimate question is “has the European polity changed due to the widening process ?” Are stakeholders from candidate and new member states able to frame or reframe the rules of the European game ? To answer these questions, this book proposes a comparative approach of strategies adopted by social actors from different European countries.

« Revisiting Europeanisation : the role of social actors in the EU accession process » (Elsa Tulmets)
« The multilevel strategies of Portuguese socio-economic actors in the EU » (J. M. Magone, V. Martins)
« The Turkish interest groups in Brussels » (C. Visier)
« The Europeanisation of interest groups in post-communist states : the case of Estonia » (J. Ruus)
« The use of discourse on multifunctional agriculture in Bulgaria and Czech Republic : the case of agricultural lobby » (I. Yakova)
« The influence of the EU on the NGO sector in Poland – a benefit or an obstacle ? » (A. Pacześniak)
Europe as a means of action : the campaign for voting rights for third country nationals in the Europeanisation process » (S. Lacalmontie)”
« The political communication of social movements : an empirical analysis of ATTAC associations claims-making over European integration » (M. Petithomme)
« Conclusion : towards a more sociological understanding of europeanisation » (S. Devaux, I. Sudbery)

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