Regards-citoyens.com is pleased to announce the publication in Chinese of European Governance and Democracy : Power and Protest in the EU, by Richard Balme and Didier Chabanet.
The book has been published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2011. It was initially published by Rowman and Littlefield, New York, in 2008.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 : Approaching Collective Action
Chapter 2 : Collective Action and Civil Society in Europe
Chapter 3 : The Making of a Polity : Interests' Mobilization around European Institutions
Chapter 4 : European Integration and Varieties of Capitalism: The Brussels Consensus
Chapter 5 : The European Burden: Unemployment and Political Behavior
Chapter 6 : Beyond State Building: Centres and Peripheries in the European Union
Chapter 7 : Collective Action and New Rights
Chapter 8 : Interests' Mobilization in the Constitutionalization of Europe
Chapter 9 : The Regulation of Interest Groups in the European Union
Conclusion European Democracy and Social Justice
Richard Balme is professor at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs and Centre for European Studies.
Didier Chabanet is Fernand Braudel Senior Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He is also research fellow at the Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat and associate research fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lettres et Sciences Humaines) in Lyon.
" European institutions and traditional forms of democratic participation
have attracted a lot of scholars' attention, while collective action and
social movements directed against the EU, with a few exceptions, have suffered from benign neglect. This book sheds new light on the European dream (for some) or nightmare (for others). The disconnection of EU regulatory powers from distributive or redistributive policies is a powerful trigger for political mobilization. This division of tasks has been a comfortable buffer for the Brussels elite for some time. In the long run it could become "the kiss of death.""--Yves Mény, European University Institute
Considering the future of European integration, this clear and compelling study explores the interplay between collective action and democracy in the European Union and its member states. Richard Balme and Didier Chabanet analyze the influence of supranational governance on democratization through a wealth of case studies on a broad range of civil society interests, including regional policy, unemployment and poverty, women's rights, migration policy, and environmental protection.
The authors trace the evolving relationship between citizens and European institutions over the past decades, especially as public support for deepening and widening integration has waned. This trend culminated in a deep institutional crisis precipitated by the rejection of the draft constitutional treaty in France and the Netherlands in 2005. At least two truisms were proven wrong during this tumultuous period: that European citizens have little interest in European integration and that citizens have little influence on EU politics. However, this power shift has left citizens with a deep distrust of integration and EU institutions with limited capacities to cope with issues the public considers priorities-primarily unemployment and social inequalities.
The book shows how Europe-wide interest groups formed and protesters were able to mobilize around key issues of integration. The authors convincingly argue that the growth of contentious social movements has also been nourished by the EU policy process itself, which leaves more room for interest groups and protest politics than for political parties and representative democracy.
An essential primer on European democracy, this study will be invaluable for scholars and students in European politics and public policy, globalization and democracy, and comparative social movements.
- Provides a clear analysis of the influence of the EU policy process on the quality of European democracy ;
- Offers a comprehensive comparative analysis of collective action in the enlarged Europe using qualitative as well as quantitative data ;
- Develops a systematic model of collective action in Europe ranging from lobbying to protestation.