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Why European Civil Society Matters: The View from a Complexity Perspective

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  • Robert Geyer
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    Civil society has played a central role in the development of European nation-states. However, only recently has civil society been recognised by the European Union. What is European civil society? Can and should the EU promote it? Is the EU institutionally compatible with it? The article addresses these questions through the lens of complexity theory, a new intellectual paradigm that emerged out of the natural sciences and is increasingly spilling over into the social sciences. Using complexity, European civil society can be seen as a necessary counterbalance to the emerging European market and state.

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    Paper provided by Queens University Belfast in its series Queen's Papers on Europeanisation with number p0039.

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    Date of creation: 23 Nov 2003
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