Rediscovering Civil Society: The European Union and the White Paper on Governance

31 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2003

Abstract

The concept of 'civil society' has been rediscovered in contemporary discourses concerning the relationship between democracy and governance. This paper analyses this rediscovery in the more specific context of the European Commission's 2001 White Paper on European Governance. However, processes of transnationalisation, governmentalisation and autonomisation may compromise much of the potential of 'European civil society' as an intermediating sphere of social action. By reinforcing these processes, the White Paper undermines the normative claims made for a civil society premised upon the voluntary nature of its associative forms and its distinctive open, communicative and deliberative rationality.

Suggested Citation

Armstrong, Kenneth, Rediscovering Civil Society: The European Union and the White Paper on Governance. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=312493

Kenneth Armstrong (Contact Author)

Centre for European Legal Studies ( email )

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Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
United Kingdom

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