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Sticky networks in times of change: The case of the European Women's Lobby and Brexit

Minto, Rachel 2020. Sticky networks in times of change: The case of the European Women's Lobby and Brexit. Journal of Common Market Studies 58 (6) , pp. 1587-1604. 10.1111/jcms.13110

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Addressing the case of the UK’s membership of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), this article explores the significance of European Union (EU) civil society organisation (CSO) membership for domestic CSOs and, in turn, the impact of Brexit on (the nature of) that membership. Analysis adopts a territorial perspective to reflect the UK’s “four nations” approach to representation, which affords the constituent sub‐state CSOs notable access to this European network. Analysis of interview and text‐based data identified shared core beliefs and resource dependencies as binding the UK’s sub‐state CSOs within the EWL, resulting in capacity building at the sub‐state level. These shared core beliefs can explain the EWL’s decision to formally accommodate the UK coordination post‐Brexit, with resource dependencies acting as a further incentive for sub‐state actors. However, beyond the policy sub‐system, there are practical constraints placed on the UK’s ability to collaborate and a diminished value of some resource.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0021-9886
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 September 2020
Date of Acceptance: 7 August 2020
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2021 16:01

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