Post-Maastricht Civil Society and Participatory Democracy

  title={Post-Maastricht Civil Society and Participatory Democracy},
  author={Beate. Kohler-Koch},
  journal={Journal of European Integration},
  pages={809 - 824}
  • B. Kohler-Koch
  • Published 29 October 2012
  • Political Science
  • Journal of European Integration
Abstract The Treaty of Maastricht and even more so the sceptical public response to the further deepening of European integration triggered a new approach to civil society. This contribution explores why the concept of civil society became so prominent in Brussels and why such high expectations were placed in the democratic strengthening of Europe by involving civil society in EU governance and by starting a civil dialogue. The main part of the contribution presents the findings of an empirical… 
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