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EU Civil Society

Patterns of Cooperation, Competition and Conflict

  • Håkan Johansson
  • Sara Kalm

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Thinking Relationally: Questions, Themes and Perspectives for the Study of EU Civil Society

  3. Trends, Interactions and Positions within Platforms of CSOs

  4. Membership and Identity Struggles within and between EU-Level CSOs

  5. The European Citizens’ Initiative: A New Arena for Civil Society Activism?

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-273

About this book


This volume provides a novel and relational sociological approach to the study of EU civil society. It focuses on the interactions and interrelations between civil society actors and the forms of capital that structure the fields and sub-fields of EU civil society, through new and important empirical studies on organized EU civil society.


Civil society relational sociology European Union social policy network theory coalition theory field theory capital conflict EU Institutions European Union (EU) gender identity Institution interaction Nation organization Policy society sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Håkan Johansson
    • 1
  • Sara Kalm
    • 1
  1. 1.Lund UniversitySweden

About the editors

Stefan Bernhard, Institute for Employment Research, Germany Luis Bouza García, College of Europe, Belgium Pauline Cullen, Maynooth University, Ireland Denis Frank, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Didier Georgakakis, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, and College of Europe, Belgium Justin Greenwood, Robert Gordon University, UK and College of Europe, Belgium Elsa Hedling, Lund University, Sweden Jayeon Lee, Lund University, Sweden Anna Meeuwisse, Lund University, Sweden Carlo Ruzza, University of Trento, Italy Rosa Sanchez Salgado, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Gabriella Scaramuzzino, Lund University, Sweden Roberto Scaramuzzino, Lund University, Sweden Ylva Stubbergaard, Lund University, Sweden

Bibliographic information


“Interested readers and researchers in the field of EU civil society will find detailed information about methodological issues and data collection. … In general, the volume provides detailed consideration of the conflicts and risks which civil society organisations face in the lobby-based Brussels context.” (Andi Hoxhaj, Journal of Contemporary European Research, Vol.14 (02), 2018)

“There are many good reasons for recommending this volume. It departs from the mainstream of European civil society research; it takes a new and fresh theoretical approach to the analysis of a complex phenomenon; it provides a bunch of interesting case studies which are thoroughly researched and well documented.” (Annette Zimmer, Voluntas, Vol. 28, 2017)