Opportunity Structures for Citizens' Participation: The Case of the European Union

@article{Nentwich2002OpportunitySF,
  title={Opportunity Structures for Citizens' Participation: The Case of the European Union},
  author={Michael F Nentwich},
  journal={European Economics eJournal},
  year={2002}
}
  • M. Nentwich
  • Published 12 March 2002
  • Political Science
  • European Economics eJournal
This paper offers an analytical framework in order to capture the various channels for the involvement of citizens in democratic systems. It introduces the notion of 'opportunity structures for citizens' participation' (OSCPs) and analyses seven dimensions of OSCPs. This analytical framework is then applied to the political system of the EU. The paper argues that a closer look at the EC institutions' work during the few years since the adoption of the Maastricht Treaty reveals an increased… 

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