The European Parliament and Civil Society

  • Amandine CrespyEmail author
  • Louisa Parks
Part of the European Administrative Governance book series (EAGOV)


This chapter examines the interactions between the EP and civil society from various angles. It looks at the role of the EP in promoting a stricter regulation of interest groups’ activities, the possibilities offered by the assembly for civil society representatives to take part in agenda setting and deliberations (e.g. through intergroups, public hearings or the European citizen initiative) and the ways in which the EP can be a platform for opposition movements or radical politics critical of the EU. We show that the EP has profiled itself as a powerful ally for civil society actors. At the same time, the interactions between the two also reflect broader trends in European politics, such as an increasingly cautious attitude vis-à-vis interest groups’ activities, the intergovernmental turn and the closing of opportunities for social movements or the rise of Euroscepticism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Università degli Studi di TrentoTrentoItaly

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