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Participation, Dialogue, and Civic Engagement: Understanding the Role of Organized Civil Society in Promoting Active Citizenship in the European Union

Bee, C and Guerrina, R (2014) Participation, Dialogue, and Civic Engagement: Understanding the Role of Organized Civil Society in Promoting Active Citizenship in the European Union Journal of Civil Society, 10 (1). pp. 29-50.

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Abstract

This article looks at current policies concerning the civic and political participation of youths, women, migrants, and minorities in the European Union. It highlights the ways in which active citizenship and civic engagement have become a political priority for European institutions. Representation of local policy actors at the supranational level and strategies for the inclusion of civil society provide a platform for evaluating the impact of Europeanization at the national and subnational level. The article focuses on key discourses and narratives associated with specific policy frames (e.g. European citizenship, European social policies, and the European public sphere (EPS)). Some of the key questions addressed by the article are: What are the strategies that are employed, both by the European institutions in Brussels and organized civil society (OCS), to enhance participation and reciprocal communication? What vision of governance do practices such as active engagement and civil dialogue represent? Drawing on current theories of governance, our article contributes to the debate about the EPS by evaluating the role of OCS in bridging the gap between European institutions and national polities. Equally, our focus on traditionally marginal groups provides a platform for assessing the institutionalization of the 'European social dimension'. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Bee, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Guerrina, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2014
Identification Number : 10.1080/17448689.2013.861651
Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Civil Society, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2014. Copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17448689.2013.861651
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Jan 2016 15:06
Last Modified : 14 Jan 2016 15:06
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809506

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