171205 - Populism, EU Institutions and Civil Society

5 Décembre, 2017 - 12:30 - 14:30


Séminaire Général du Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée "Populism, EU Institutions and Civil Society"

Tuesday 5 December 2017, 12.30 - 2.30 pm, Sciences Po, Room Goguel, 56 rue des Saints-Pères (Entrance through the 27 rue Saint-Guillaume), 75007 Paris

This paper focuses on how the ‘populist turn’ of recent years affected EU institutions and non-state actors which interact with them. It argues that in the broader context of the legacy of the 2007 financial crisis, the success of populist parties and movements impacted on the composition, agendas, emotions and political discourse of European institutional actors, and is then negatively reflected in the prospects of non-state actors that interact with them, their funding opportunities and strategies. It argues that as a consequence of the impact of populist formations a fragmented reaction has occurred in each of the institutional domains considered – the European Commission, the Parliament and civil society organizations. In particular, the success of populist forces in several member states and at EU level specifically affected inclusionary anti-discrimination organizations. Changes have occurred in their perceptions of legitimacy and general political opportunities, and also in the structure of their networks, which increasingly diverge between a pro-EU and an anti EU component.


Carlo Ruzza, University of Trento, School of International Studies and Department of Sociology and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, CEE
Carlo Ruzza’s main research interest is in advocacy processes at the European and international levels. These processes include a focus on the efforts of civil society groups to affect policy-making in areas such as EU anti-discrimination policy and environmental policy. In this context, he is interested in the relation between European institutions and civil society groups (inclusive of EU-level umbrella groups, think tanks, advocacy coalitions of likeminded groups, and churches).
His work also covers similar issues at Member State level, with particular reference to France, the UK and Italy, focusing particularly on racial and ethnic discrimination. In this context, he is interested in the work of migrant associations in areas such as health policy. In this area, he focuses on issues of promotion of access to facilities, recognition of cultural and religious differences and allocation of resources.
Carlo Ruzza has also produced research on the multiplicity of roles performed by civil society groups and particularly in their information-providing roles, their monitoring of regulatory compliance, their political protest activities, and their sensitizing functions vis-à-vis the public sphere. In this context, he is interested in their communication activities and particularly their policy framing activities in public discourse.


Dorian Alt, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Political and Social Sciences and Visiting PhD Candidate at Sciences Po, CEE

Virginie Guiraudon, Sciences Po, CEE, CNRS


Contact: tiago.moreiraramalho@sciencespo.fr

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