Beate Kohler-Koch, Dirk De Bièvre and William Maloney (Eds.)

  Opening EU-Governance to Civil Society  
  Gains and Challenges vergrößerte Ansicht in neuem Fenster  
  CONNEX Report Series No 5  
  381 p., Mannheim, 2008  

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Efficient and democratic governance is not just a matter of the institutional architecture of the European Union. Rather, EU-society relations and structures of civic engagement have to be assessed. Is social capital a catalyst of civic engagement that extends from the local to the European level and how are stocks of social capital distributed across the EU nations? Is the EU plagued by biased representation and if so does it really matter? Is civil society a remedy to the perceived legitimacy crisis of the EU? How do we make sense of the divergent concepts of civil society and what role should civil society play in EU governance? Several contributions address the promises and shortcomings of participatory engineering and analyse the democratic potential of participatory governance both within the EU and as an export product to third countries.



I. Assessing Interest Politics in EU Governance
D. De Bièvre
II. Civil Society Contribution to Democratic Governance: A Critical Assessment
B. Kohler-Koch
III. Social Capital as Catalyst of Civic Engagement and Quality of Governance
W. Maloney

Biased Representation and Interest Group Influence

Chapter 1
The Question of Interest Group Influence
A. Dür / D. De Bièvre

Chapter 2
How Much Influence Do Interest Groups Have in the EU? Some Methodological Considerations
A. Dür

Chapter 3
The Professionalization of Representation: Biasing Participation
W. Maloney

Myth and Reality of Civil Society

Chapter 4
Civil Society as Discourse: Contending Civil Society Frameworks
B. Jobert

Chapter 5
EU- Civil Society Relations: The Impact of the EU on National Movements and National Identity
L. Cram

Participatory Engineering: Theoretical Assessment and Empirical Findings

Chapter 6
Participatory Engineering: Promises and Pitfalls
T. Zittel

Chapter 7
Assessing the Democratic Value of Civil Society Engagement in the European Union
T. Hüller / B. Kohler-Koch

Chapter 8
The EU Commission Consultation Regime
C. Quittkat / B. Finke

Chapter 9
The Promises and Pitfalls of Participation: What Voice for the Regional Advisory Councils?
J. O’Mahony

Chapter 10
Is Local Civil Society Conducive to European Participatory Engineering?
W. Maloney / J. W. van Deth

Exporting Democracy and Civil Society

Chapter 11
EU External Democracy Promotion: Approaching Governments and Civil Societies
M. Knodt / A. Jünemann

Chapter 12
The European Union as an External Democratizer: EU Contributions to Civil Society Development in Central and Eastern Europe
S. Stewart

Social Capital as Catalyst of Civic Engagement

Chapter 13
Civil Society Organisations in a Knowledge based Society
F. Adam

Chapter 14
European Civil Society: The Empirical Reality in the Multi- Level System of the EU
J. van Deth

Conference Report
C. Quittkat

Publications RG4 & RG5