Risks and Opportunities in the Civil Society – Public Institutions Relationship
A Re-Assessment of the EU and Global Policy Process
LUISS University – School of Government, May 7-9, 2015, Rome, Italy
The aim of the conference is discuss the different and many faces of the relationship between civil society actors and public institutions, both governmental and intergovernmental ones. The conference goals is to gather both scholars and practitioners in a single dialogue inclusive but larger than the mainstream western narrative. It is in fact a firm assumption of the conference that the civil society-public institutions dynamics is politically significant in all areas of the world. Both sides of the coin of the public/private relationship will be addressed. Presentations will deal with both the cooperative and the competitive/contentious relationship between governmental and non-governmental organizations in all the different phases of the policy process. Also, both legal and covered activities will be discussed. In scholarly terms, the conference aims to build bridges between different strands of academic and policy research that have looked at these actors under the differing lens of security, aid and development, public policy, global governance, contentious politics, democratization, human rights and democracy promotion, religious mobilizations, or public diplomacy.