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International Handbook on Social Policy and the Environment

International Handbook on Social Policy and the Environment

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Edited by Tony Fitzpatrick

Environmental change is central to the global social policy challenges of the twenty-first century. This comprehensive Handbook brings together leading experts from around the world to address the most important questions and issues we face. How should welfare states adapt to environmental change? To what extent are the ecological and social policy agendas compatible? Must we contemplate radical reforms to the principles and organisation of welfare services? Combining cutting-edge theory and data in an interdisciplinary approach, this Handbook both summarises existing developments and suggests how debates and research must develop in the future.

Chapter 6: ENGO activism in the EU: the G10, climate change and social policy

Michael Briguglio, Maria Brown and Ian Bugeja

Subjects: environment, environmental sociology, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy


This sociological study analyses European environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) in terms of political ideologies and strategies, in relation to climate change policies, and within a social policy context. This study makes use of qualitative methodology that employs discourse analysis to a sample of press releases released by ENGOs forming the Green 10 (G10) - this being the transnational entity that brings together ten of the largest and most influential ENGOs in the European Union (EU) (Green 10 n.d.). Furthermore, sampled press releases are related to the four main target areas of the 2009 Copenhagen Deal endorsed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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