Europeanisation of Religion-Related Activism? Forms, Effects and Paradoxes

13-15 June 2018

European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Groups, Sciences Po, Paris, SGEU Conference

On 15 June 2018 Alberta Giorgi presented her paper entitled ‘Europeanisation of Religion-Related Activism? Forms, Effects and Paradoxes’ as part of the panel ‘The Populist Right and EU Civil Society’, at this year’s ECPR Standing Group on the European Union (SGEU) conference.

Her contribution focused on Italy as a case-study, drawing on data collected in the framework of the Grassrootsmobilise project (including interviews, document and media analysis). It explored the different forms that the Europeanization of religion-related activism takes considering different actors (religious majority; religious minority groups; LGBT and atheist NGOs) and identified the main factors underlying differences. Secondly, it investigated the effects of the Europeanization of religion-related issues, on the one side, and religion-related actors, on the others. In relation to the actors, the analysis showed how Europeanization of activism is related to both the varying degree of access to different aspects of the ‘EU opportunity structure’ and, more interestingly, to the actors’ identity and self-representations. Furthermore, in relation to the issues, the analysis highlighted that, paradoxically, the Europeanization of religion-related issues often makes them a domestic concern.