The Monitoring Capacity of Civil Society Networks: A Social Network Analysis in the Case of Gender Equality Policy

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The role of civil society organizations (CSOs) as a watchdog in the implementation process is widely acknowledged. However, little is known about what determines their capacity to monitor EU policy implementation and how it differs across member states. This study accounts for social capital as well as human and financial capital to determine the monitoring capacity of CSOs. To capture sources of social capital, a network analysis is applied in a comparative case study on the monitoring networks of national platforms of the European Women’s Lobby across eight EU member states. The analysis reveals that CSOs in western member states are rich in human, financial and social capital, while CSOs in CEE member states compensate for this lack of resources by linking up with the Commission.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Civil Society
Volume15
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)123-142
Number of pages19
ISSN1744-8689
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - Civil society, EU implementation, Gender equality policy, Monitoring, Social capital, Social network analysis

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