Governance and European Civil Society: Governmentality, Discourse and NGOs

1st Edition

Acar Kutay

Published August 23, 2018
Reference - 208 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138377363 - CAT# K398056
Series: Routledge Advances in European Politics

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This book provides a critical analysis of the European Union’s approach to ‘governance’, focusing on the way in which civil society is incorporated within the EU decision-making process and arguing that it is not conducive to the democratisation of EU governance.

Using a governmentality approach, Kutay demonstrates that civic actors are not incorporated into EU decision-making processes as they are; rather, they are formed, manipulated and guided by political programming. The author explains how this acts to prescribe and construct particular types of subjectivities, thereby limiting and constraining the types of participation that might emerge as part of European civil society and the process of political participation.

Governance and European Civil Society will be of interest to students and scholars of European Union politics, global governance, civil society and democracy, Central and East European studies and political and international theory.

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