The New Politics of European Civil Society
Hans-Jörg Trenz with Ulrike Liebert has edited the book 'The New politics of European Civil Society' on Routledge. The book consolidates research on the evolving practices of European civil society and examine whether and how civil society can contribute to making democracy work.
From the publisher:
Over the past two decades, civil society has played a pivotal role in Europe, from the demise of Communist rule to the reunification of Europe, followed by the expansion of the single market to the reconstitution of democracy in the enlarged European Union.
European civil society has emerged as a social space between EU governance and the citizens of the member states, populated by non-state agents claiming to represent, speak for or participate on behalf of the most varied social constituencies in EU decision making. This book consolidates European civil society research by re-viewing its conceptual, normative and empirical-analytical foundations. With contributors from political science to sociology to law, it captures the evolving practices of European civil society that stretch across the national (local), the European and the global realm. Developing an analytical framework that highlights the interplay between civil society building and polity building from above as well as from below, within the legal and institutional framework of the EU, they examine whether and how civil society can contribute to making democracy work in normative democratic theoretical perspectives.
The book is part of the Routledge Studies on Democratising Europe series edited by Erik O. Eriksen and John Erik Fossum.
Some of the contributions to the volume also appeared in a special issue of Policy and Society in 2009.