Reshaping Civil Society in Morocco: Boundary Setting, Integration and Consolidation

CEPS Working Document No. 323

16 Pages Posted: 14 May 2010

Date Written: December 15, 2009

Abstract

This paper looks at the dynamics affecting the development of civil society in Morocco within the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy. It explores cooperation mechanisms in three domains of civil society endeavour – women’s rights, human rights and socio-economic rights. In each area, the paper examines the kinds of mechanisms and opportunities emerging for the promotion of civil society, and which forms of action and stances taken by civil society have been encouraged (or otherwise). The paper contends that the development of civil society has triggered different responses by the state and international community. While civil and political rights have preoccupied domestic and international actors, socio-economic rights have long been absent from their agendas. Yet it is argued here that shifting responsibility for issues in the socio-economic domain to civil society is highly problematic under the current circumstances of state building, and poses risks of further ruptures in Moroccan society.

Keywords: Morocco, European Neighbourhood Policy, women’s rights, human rights, socio-economic rights

Suggested Citation

Dimitrovova, Bohdana, Reshaping Civil Society in Morocco: Boundary Setting, Integration and Consolidation (December 15, 2009). CEPS Working Document No. 323, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1604037

Bohdana Dimitrovova (Contact Author)

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