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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and European Civil Society: A Case Study on Networked Advocacy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
2014 (English)In: Journal of Information Policy, ISSN 2158-3897, Vol. 4, 205-227 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The European Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) debate marked a significant moment for European democracy.  For the first time European Parliament had the opportunity to reject or accept a treaty proposal negotiated by the European Commission. During the period when European Parliament was considering the Agreement, street protests spanned the European continent in opposition to ACTA and citizens contacted Members of European Parliament to express their concerns.  Research on the social movements documents a transnational potential (Tarrow 2005) and research use of digital media in social movements demonstrates different types of action network organization (Bennett and Segerberg 2013, Milan 2013). However, the role of civil society organizations in supporting both networked advocacy and institutional engagement, as well as the dimensions on which networked advocacy occurs, remains less explored.  As a result, the multiple roles of civil society organizations and the different dimensions on which actions take place are often missed.  The visible protests opposing ACTA were largely an ad-hoc movement of self-identifying individuals, but further research on the debate reveals the continuing role of civil society organizations and how these actions take place across multiple dimensions in information policy debates. Building on theories of networked social movements and multi-level governance, this article investigates the actions and networks of civil society in the ACTA debate in Europe and demonstrates how civil society organizations can play different advocacy, with different network structure, at and between network dimensions.

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2014. Vol. 4, 205-227 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-100424OAI: diva2:693038
Available from: 2014-02-03 Created: 2014-02-03 Last updated: 2015-01-08Bibliographically approved

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