Beyond the welfare state: Europeanization of Swedish civil society organizations (EUROCIV)

Project: Research

Project Details


Our aim is to provide a comprehensive analysis of how processes of Europeanization affect Swedish civil society organizations (CSO) working with welfare policy and how they, strategically, make use of the European Union (EU) as a new political opportunity structure. Issues of Europeanization are neglected in much current research on Swedish CSOs.

In a series of thematic studies - departing from theories on political opportunity structures, multi-level governance, institutional opening and social movements - we will investigate the dynamic interaction between EU institutions and collective actors. We will adopt a multi-method design and draw on comperative case studies as a key methodological approach.

Two studies focus on structural conditions at EU level and pan-European CSOs activities. To investigate features, patterns and experiences of EU collaboration, we will also conduct a survey of Swedish CSOs working with welfare policies. In another study we will analyze the historical evolution of international/European cooperation among Swedish CSOs of this kind. Lastly, we will conduct an in-depth, comparative study of the multi-level strategies deployed by Swedish CSOs through investigations of strategically selected EU policy cases.

The research group constitutes an interdisciplinary co-operation of researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University, and Södertörn University College and will provide key insight into the impact of the EU on Swedish CSOs.
Short titleBeyond the welfare state
Effective start/end date2011/01/01 → …

Collaborative partners


  • Swedish Research Council

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Work
  • Political Science