Description : The Potential Of Civil Society In Influencing Governance Has Gained Currency In Academic And Policy Debates In The Recent Times. This Becomes Particularly Relevant In An Old Democracy Like India Where The State Has Not Been Able To Meet The Need For Water, Shelter, Education, And As Recent Events Show Even The Food Requirements Of A Large Number Of People, But Where A Democratic Framework Of The State Provides Space And Freedom For People To Engage In Collective Action To Question The State, To Demand A Revision In Policy, To Implement The Laws Which Are So Elaborately Of Its Institutions. This Makes The Interface Between Civil Society And Governance In India Somewhat Different From Countries Which Share A Different Political, Economic And Social Context. This Book Shows How Civil Society Actors Are Being Able To Influence Governance Positively, As Well As Their Limitations Which Inhibit The Impact Of This Interface.
Description : During the past ten years the terms public sociology, civil society, and governance have been used with increasing frequency to describe a wide array of political and social practices. Nickel provides a critical clarification of the concepts of civil society and governance, moving beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. With her unique international background in the practice of public service and social policy Nickel is able to provide a nuanced explanation of how civil society and governance are interrelated and the implications for the organisation of knowledge and public life. The book is framed in three parts. Part one explores the emergence of public sociology as an ideal, as well as the broader public turn in the social sciences. Part two explores the changing relationship between government and civil society, including non-profit organisations. Part three draws these two themes together in an exploration of the politics of practice and relations of power.
Description : Globalization, deepening interdependence, and the end of the cold war have brought a wide range of new challenges to nations around the world. Concurrently, domestic sociopolitical changes, greater pluralization of society, and changes in national and international markets and economies have produced strains on existing systems of governance. This new environment has opened the way for civil society to play an expanded and more active role, both domestically and internationally. Chapters examine the nexus between governance and civil society in China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Korea, Thailand, and the United States. Authors examine the current state of civil society in their country, the challenges facing institutions of governance, the current debate of the need to reform domestic governance, and the evolution of the role of civil society in governance.
Description : The research presented in this book based on new primary data demonstrates that in terms of civil society actors adapting to the European political space the Europeanization process has an uneven development. This innovative book integrates top-down approaches for the study of relationships within the developing EU-multilevel system (i.e., the consequences of Europeanization for civil society at the local level) and bottom-up approaches (i.e., the consequences of civil society for the process of European integration and democracy in the EU). The contributors argue that exploration of these recursive linkages requires a rethinking of the relationships between (local, national, and trans-national) civil society on the one hand, and multi-level governance on the other. In analyzing the opportunities for civil society associations to contribute to European integration and decision-making from various perspectives, the following findings are presented, amongst others: engagement with and confidence in the EU (compared to national institutions) is relatively weak among associational members party elites play a key gatekeeper role in the European space the EU and interest groups have had limited success in stimulating the development of citizen engagement, civil society and social capital in various countries. In the rapidly expanding field of research on democratic decision-making in Europe, this book will be welcomed by academics and scholars alike at postgraduate levels and above. Experts working in the field of European decision-making (such as lawyers and lobbyists) who are looking for conclusions based on high-quality empirical research will also find much in this book to engage them.
Description : Addresses important issues about the terms of representation in politics beyond the state. This book focuses on the extent to which governance, and all it implies for different forms of governing, and addresses as well as raises issues about the legitimate basis for democratic rule beyond the boundaries of the state.
Description : Written by scholars from both inside and outside China, this wide-ranging collection of essays explores the complexity of the relationship between governance and civil society by combining theoretical exploration and empirical case studies based on the governance practice in China.
Description : This volume focuses on the role of organized civil society in European public policies. The contributions discuss the role of public-pressure groups and their relations with organized business and institutional actors. They examine the context of interest representation in EU institutions, reviewing the functions and opportunities of EU lobbies and public-interest groups in several policy areas. These include environmental policy and the impact of environmental social movements, and anti-racist policy in the broader context of anti-discrimination policy. Several contributions suggest that policy-making emerges from a fragmented coalition of NGOs, politicians and civil servants operating in connected but distinct regulative environments.
Description : 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.