Social Movements and Europeanization

ISBN : 9780199604401

Donatella Della Porta; Manuela Caiani
240 ページ
157 x 229 mm

Are social movement organizations euro-sceptical, euro-pragmatic, or euro-opportunist? Or do they accept the EU as a new level of governance to place pressure on? Do they provide a critical capital, necessary for the political structuring of the EU, or do they disrupt the process of EU integration? This book includes surveys of activists at international protest events targeting the European Union (for a total of about 5000 interviews); a discourse analysis of documents and transcripts of debates on European politics and policies conducted during the four European social forums held between 2002 and 2006 and involving hundreds of social movement organizations and tens of thousands of activists from all European countries; about 320 interviews with representatives of civil society organizations in six EU countries (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy) and one non-member state (Switzerland), and a systematic claims analysis of the daily press in selected years between 1990 and 2003. The empirical research shows the different paths of Europeanization taken by social movements and civil society organizations.


1. Social Movements and Europeanisation: An introduction
2. Europeanisation and the Domestication of Protest
3. The Search for EU Alliances: An Externalisation of Protest?
4. The Emergence of European Movements?
5. Euro-sceptic or critical Europeanists? Some conclusions


Donatella Della Porta teaches courses on political sociology, transformations in democracy, social movements and civil society as well as qualitative methods and research designs, she is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute. She has received a Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris and a Ph.D in political and social sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. In 1990 she received a Career Development Award of the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation; in 1997 a Stipendium of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. She has conducted research, among others, at Cornell University, Ithaca N.Y, and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung. Her main research interests concern social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, police and policies of public order.; Manuela Caiani works for the VETO project on Processes of Radicalisation and Violent Political Activism, focussing on right wing extremism in several European countries (Germany, Italy) and the USA. She works in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute as a research assistant. She has received a Ph.D in political and social sciences at the University of Florence in 2006 with a thesis on The Public Discourse on Europe: An empirical research on the Italian case. In 2005, she received a funding award from the Italian CNR (Centro Nazionale della Ricerca), for a research project on Cultural Identity, multiculturalism and European Integration; in 2007 she worked for the European Commission, for the elaboration of a literature review on the subject of violent radicalisation (contract n. JLSD 1/2006/12/02). Her main research interests concern social movements, Europeanization, political violence and right wing extremism, social capital.