Policy Brief: “Civil society in the EU: a strong player or a fig-leaf for the democratic deficit?” by Ingeborg Tömmel

Policy Brief: “Civil society in the EU: a strong player or a fig-leaf for the democratic deficit?” by Ingeborg Tömmel

Policy Brief (March 2010) by Ingeborg Tömmel, Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics and Policies, University of Osnabrück, Germany

This paper asks why civil society has become such an important actor and what role it plays in the European polity. The policy paper will trace the evolution of civil society as an additional player in European politics and governance; elaborate on the rationale underlying this process and, discuss the problems linked to the participation of civil society in European affairs.

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