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Europeanization in Sweden: Opportunities and Challenges for Civil Society Organizations

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Volume 10

Studies on Civil Society

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Europeanization in Sweden

Opportunities and Challenges for Civil Society Organizations

Edited by Anna Meeuwisse and Roberto Scaramuzzino

Full Text PDF Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from University of Lund.

312 pages, 34 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-034-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2018)

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Europeanization in Sweden is a solid piece of work that is a worthy contribution to the field. This book is essential for anyone studying civil society in the EU or Sweden.” • Jean L. Cohen, Columbia University

“This volume offers significant findings on Swedish civil society in the European context, and makes thus a relevant contribution to our understanding of the role of civil society in the EU more broadly.” • Eva G. Heidbreder, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg


Notwithstanding its many successes since 1945, the project of European integration currently faces major difficulties, from financial crises and mass immigration to the impending departure of the UK from the European Union. At the same time, these challenges have spurred civil society organizations within and across Europe, revealing a shared public sphere in which citizens can mobilize around refugee rights, opposition to austerity policies, and other issues. Europeanization in Sweden assembles new empirical research on how these processes have played out in one of the continent’s wealthiest nations, providing insights into whether, and how, the “Swedish model” can guide European integration.

Anna Meeuwisse is professor of social work at Lund University, Sweden. One of her research areas concerns the changing roles of civil society organizations in the welfare state. She has been engaged in several research projects regarding civil society, advocacy, and transnational social movements in the health- and welfare area.

Roberto Scaramuzzino is researcher at Lund University, Sweden. His research interests include changes in the welfare and integration systems and the role of civil society organizations in different countries. He has been engaged in comparative studies of mobilization in the migration and prostitution policy fields in Sweden, and Italy, and at the EU-level. He is currently working in a research program on civil society elites in Europe.

Subject: Sociology Political and Economic Anthropology
Area: Northern Europe

Europeanization in Sweden Edited by Anna Meeuwisse and Roberto Scaramuzzino is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from University of Lund.

Full Text PDF

OA ISBN: 978-1-78920-983-9


List of Tables

Carlo Ruzza

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Europeanization, Civil Society, and the Swedish Welfare State
Anna Meeuwisse and Roberto Scaramuzzino


Chapter 1. Europeanization of and by Civil Society: Toward an Analytical Framework
Kerstin Jacobsson and Håkan Johansson

Chapter 2. The Dual Role of European Union Civil Society Organizations: Between European Union Institutions and Domestic Civil Societies
Håkan Johansson and Sara Kalm


Chapter 3. Europeanization of Swedish Civil Society: Motives, Activities, and Perceived Consequences
Roberto Scaramuzzino and Magnus Wennerhag

Chapter 4. Factors Explaining Swedish Civil Society Organizations’ Europeanization
Roberto Scaramuzzino and Magnus Wennerhag

Chapter 5. Access to the European Union and the Role of Domestic Embeddedness
Elsa Hedling and Anna Meeuwisse


Chapter 6. Europeanization through Funding
Matteo Di Placido and Roberto Scaramuzzino

Chapter 7. From Popular Movements to Social Businesses: Social Entrepreneurship as Discursive Europeanization
Ulrika Levander

Chapter 8. Varying Degrees of Europeanization in Swedish Women’s Organizations
Ylva Stubbergaard

Chapter 9. Questioning the Swedish Model or Exporting It? Identity Europeanization in the Prostitution Policy Field
Gabriella Scaramuzzino and Roberto Scaramuzzino

Chapter 10. Promoting Consumer Rights in Sweden by Lobbying and Awareness-Raising Abroad
Anna Meeuwisse and Andreas Vilhelmsson

Chapter 11. The Crisis of the European Union: Opportunity or Graveyard for a European Civil Society?
Lars Trägårdh


Concluding Remarks
Anna Meeuwisse and Roberto Scaramuzzino

Appendix A: The Survey Study
Appendix B: Civil Society Organizations Types
Appendix C: Survey Question Wordings and Response Alternatives


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