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The Role of Civil Society in the European Social Policy

Persdotter, Karin LU (2017) STVM23 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The European Union (EU) has been criticised for the lack of a social dimension but just recently the Commission proposed a new initiative; the European Pillar of Social Rights. This thesis focuses on civil society and on the different ideas concerning its role in European Social Policy. The study will draw on theories developed from Esping-Andersen’s welfare states models together with theories on the role of civil society. The method being used is text analysis of the material relating to the new initiative. The empirical material was analysed using three ideal types; market, collaborative and autonomous. The study uses a broad definition of civil society and focuses largely on non-profit organisations and their role in social policy. The... (More)
The European Union (EU) has been criticised for the lack of a social dimension but just recently the Commission proposed a new initiative; the European Pillar of Social Rights. This thesis focuses on civil society and on the different ideas concerning its role in European Social Policy. The study will draw on theories developed from Esping-Andersen’s welfare states models together with theories on the role of civil society. The method being used is text analysis of the material relating to the new initiative. The empirical material was analysed using three ideal types; market, collaborative and autonomous. The study uses a broad definition of civil society and focuses largely on non-profit organisations and their role in social policy. The results show the ideas of the two actors; the European Commission and Social Platform promote a collaborative role of the civil society, with an enhanced interdependent role with the state and emphasis on social services provision. Features like advocacy and representation from the autonomous ideal type were also emphasised by both actors while the features relating to a market driven civil society were less observable. (Less)
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Persdotter, Karin LU
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A qualitative text analysis based on ideal types
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STVM23 20171
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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civil society, social policy, European Union, welfare state models, European integration
language
English
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8907613
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2017-06-27 15:07:12
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  abstract     = {The European Union (EU) has been criticised for the lack of a social dimension but just recently the Commission proposed a new initiative; the European Pillar of Social Rights. This thesis focuses on civil society and on the different ideas concerning its role in European Social Policy. The study will draw on theories developed from Esping-Andersen’s welfare states models together with theories on the role of civil society. The method being used is text analysis of the material relating to the new initiative. The empirical material was analysed using three ideal types; market, collaborative and autonomous. The study uses a broad definition of civil society and focuses largely on non-profit organisations and their role in social policy. The results show the ideas of the two actors; the European Commission and Social Platform promote a collaborative role of the civil society, with an enhanced interdependent role with the state and emphasis on social services provision. Features like advocacy and representation from the autonomous ideal type were also emphasised by both actors while the features relating to a market driven civil society were less observable.},
  author       = {Persdotter, Karin},
  keyword      = {civil society,social policy,European Union,welfare state models,European integration},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Role of Civil Society in the European Social Policy},
  year         = {2017},
}