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Civil Society and Legitimate European Governance

Edited by Stijn Smismans, Reader in European Law, University of Cardiff, UK
This book explores the concept of ‘civil society’, which over recent years has been revived and introduced into the institutional debate within the EU. Significantly, EU institutions themselves have made reference to civil society and, on an academic plane, it has been argued that the debate on the legitimacy of European governance should value the role of civil society organisations.
Extent: 352 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84376 946 0
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  • Law - Academic
  • European Law
This book explores the concept of ‘civil society’, which over recent years has been revived and introduced into the institutional debate within the EU. Significantly, EU institutions themselves have made reference to civil society and, on an academic plane, it has been argued that the debate on the legitimacy of European governance should value the role of civil society organisations.

Bringing together lawyers and political scientists, the book studies the role of civil society organisations in the multi-level context of European governance. Civil Society and Legitimate European Governance bridges the distance between normative suggestions, legal instruments and empirical analysis.

Providing original contributions to the research on European governance, this book will appeal to all scholars and students with an interest in European integration and European institutions.
‘Smismans gathers a fine selection of papers. The book gains particular authority from its interdisciplinary approach.’
– Ulrike Ehling, European Law Journal
Contributors: K.A. Armstrong, P. Bonnor, P. Bouwen, L. Cram, O. De Schutter, R. Erne, C. Harlow, H. Heinelt, P. Magnette, B. Meinke-Brandmaier, C. Ruzza, S. Saurugger, S. Smismans, A. Warleigh
Contents:

Preface

Introduction

1. Civil Society and European Governance: From Concepts to Research Agenda
Stijn Smismans

PART I: DEMOCRATIC THEORY, CIVIL SOCIETY AND EUROPEAN GOVERNANCE
2. Democracy in the European Union: Why and How Combine Representation and Participation?
Paul Magnette

3. Inclusive Governance? Civil Society and the Open Method of Co-ordination
Kenneth A. Armstrong

4. Civil Society and Legitimate Governance in a Flexible Europe: Critical Deliberativism as a Way Forward
Alex Warleigh

PART II: THE LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT
5. Group Litigation Before the European Court of Justice
Olivier De Schutter

6. Civil Society Organisations and Participatory Administration: A Challenge to EU Administrative Law?
Carol Harlow

7. When EU Civil Society Complains: Civil Society Organisations and Ombudsmanship at the European Level
Peter Bonnor

PART III: THE POLICY AND ASSOCIATE CONTEXT
8. European Institutions and the Policy Discourse of Organised Civil Society
Carlo Ruzza

9. Comparing Civil Society Participation in European Environmental Policy and Consumer Protection
Hubert Heinelt and Britta Meinke-Brandmaier

10. European Trade-Union Strategies: Between Technocratic Efficiency and Democratic Legitimacy
Roland Erne

11. Inventing the People: Civil Society Participation and the Enhabitation of the EU
Laura Cram

12. The Professionalisation of Interest Representation: A Legitimacy Problem for Civil Society in the EU?
Sabine Saurugger

13. Business Interest Representation and Legitimate European Governance
Pieter Bouwen

CONCLUSION

14. Civil Society and European Governance: The Interdisciplinary Challenge of Reflexive Deliberative Polyarchy
Stijn Smismans

Index