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The European Commission as guardian angel: the challenges of agenda-setting for children's rights

Grugel, Jean and Iusmen, Ingi (2013) The European Commission as guardian angel: the challenges of agenda-setting for children's rights Journal of European Public Policy, 20, (1), pp. 77-94. (doi:10.1080/13501763.2012.693416).

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In 2006 the European Commission, under the leadership of Directorate General (DG) Justice, adopted a policy of promoting children's rights, a project that inevitably relied on the support of children's rights organizations. This article examines why the relationship between the Commission and the children's rights networks shifted from consensus to disenssus and how this has impacted on the children's rights agenda. We argue that the relationship with children's rights networks did not follow the normal pattern of Commission–interest group relations. Clientelistic, symbiotic relations were difficult to establish. The disengagement of the key children's rights advocacy organizations from the Commission's agenda intensified the impact of the conflict between DG Justice and DG External Relations over the issue and prevented the Commission from accomplishing its goal to become an agenda-setter in this area.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 25 July 2012
Published date: 2013
Keywords: children's rights, civil society, convention on the rights of the child, european commission, eu agenda, policy frames
Organisations: Politics & International Relations


Local EPrints ID: 359052
ISSN: 1350-1763
PURE UUID: 1a86dbbd-fb12-4f1c-ab06-948e543a17e4

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Date deposited: 29 Oct 2013 08:53
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:24

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Author: Jean Grugel
Author: Ingi Iusmen

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