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The Power and Limits of Politicization in the EU

While establishing that the pursuit of marketization should be seen as a dominant policy agenda which has been sustained in the long run in the framework of the EU, the book shows how politicization can nevertheless contribute to shaping that agenda. More specifically, actors and organizations which oppose far-reaching liberalization and deregulation have been able to publicize their concerns in a way which has brought about some kind of response among policymakers. Drawing on the recent literature on the topic (de Wilde and Zurn 2012; Statham and Trenz 2015), this book has examined the process of politicization in relation with welfare services by examining two main mechanisms: coalition building and framing. The approach adopted was inspired both by the sociology of collective action (transnational social movements in particular) and discursive institutionalism, as both strings of literature offer tools to analyse how political agents form coalitions in certain institutional settings and frame policy issues in a way which can resonate and produce effects in terms of decision making and policy change.

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