Transnational Social Movements and European Democratization

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 16 (Main Building)
RC18 Political Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

The session invites papers on the relation between various forms of mobilization by transnational social movements (TSMs), European integration, and European democracy. Transnational activism includes general democratic claims as well as more specific rights claims, and involves various forms of political and legal mobilization.
TSM claims-making addresses European institutions in order to redress domestic rights or democracy/justice infringement, but in a more comprehensive sense also includes claims regarding the European process of integration itself.
TSM claims and protests have become more prominent and urgent with the economic and financial crisis. Key questions to be answered include: 

  • To what extent does TSM action deepen democracy at the European and national levels?
  • What forms of legal and political mobilization can be identified?
  • What forms and models of democracy are promoted for the transnational level and what kind of views of European commonality are endorsed? 
  • What are the main obstacles TSMs face in mobilizing for democratization?
  • Which new strategies can be identified and how are existing opportunities used (e.g. The European Citizens Initiative)?
  • And which new challenges do TSMs encounter in countries such as Hungary, where an illiberal regime is supposedly in the making?
Session Organizers:
Paul BLOKKER, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic and Ondrej CISAR, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
“Bottom-up” Europeanization and Transnational Civil Society Collaboration: Examples from the Refugee Crisis
Katharina CREPAZ, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy and Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany
The Role of Transnational Trade Union Action for European Integration
Susanne PERNICKA, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria; Julia HOFMANN, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
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