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Assessing the Effects of European Union Funding of Civil Society Organizations: Money for Nothing?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8289-7469
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Common Market Studies, ISSN 0021-9886, E-ISSN 1468-5965Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study investigates whether the European Union's funding of civil society organizations (CSOs) can foster equal access to existing channels of participation. This is analyzed by using data from 7,889 CSOs that are registered in the EU Transparency Register. Two criteria should be met for funding to combat inequalities among CSOs: the funding must support underrepresented interests, and it must increase their participation in the policy process. The results of a logistic regression analysis show that the Commission's funding scheme does support underrepresented interests but makes participation more unequal by also supporting already overrepresented groups. Furthermore, the analysis shows that the probability of a CSO having access to formal channels of participation significantly increases if it has received funding. The conclusion is that funding could be used more efficiently if the Commission were to consistently support underrepresented interests.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
civil society organizations; EU funding; transparency register; equal access; participation; European Commission
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Social Sciences
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331774DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12636OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-331774DiVA: diva2:1150147
Available from: 2017-10-18 Created: 2017-10-18 Last updated: 2017-10-18

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