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A Meta-organizational Perspective on the Europeanization of Civil Society: The Case of the Swedish Women's Lobby
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
University of Gothenburg.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2179-4981
2015 (English)In: VOLUNTAS - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, ISSN 0957-8765, E-ISSN 1573-7888, Vol. 26, no 4, 1438-1459 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As a consequence of European integration and the EU's expanded social policy, more citizens' interests are today organized at EU level. In the case of the women's movement, there is an umbrella organization-the European Women's Lobby (EWL)-in place in Brussels coordinating national women's movements. The EWL demands from its members that they be nationwide and representative umbrellas, which has structuring effects on the women's movements at domestic level. This article proposes to study the Europeanization of civil society through the lens of meta-organization theory (Ahrne & Brunsson 2008). Europeanization can thus be understood as a process which imposes meta-organizational structures on civil society. Through a case study of the Swedish Women's Lobby, this article analyses the consequences for the women's movement in Sweden of the meta-organizational structure brought into being by Europeanization.

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2015. Vol. 26, no 4, 1438-1459 p.
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Civil society, Europeanization, Inter-organizational relations, Meta-organizations, Swedish Women's Lobby
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Sociology Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24372DOI: 10.1007/s11266-014-9463-0ISI: 000358422400020OAI: diva2:739180
Beyond the welfare state: Europeanization of Swedish civil society organizations
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1678
Available from: 2014-08-20 Created: 2014-08-18 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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