This volume draws on a Foucauldian understanding of governmentality to explore how EU civil society funding policies depoliticise civil society organisations. It questions whether international civil society funding always depoliticises civil society organisations, as the literature on governmentality and international civil society policies argues.
The author examines how the liberal and neo-liberal rationalities of EU funding have both politicising and depoliticising effects on the human rights organisations funded, and demonstrates that whether the effects help or prevent the politicisation of human rights depends on how legitimate or contested the issue is domestically and how the civil society organisations act in this political context. These themes are explored through an in-depth analysis of the case of Turkey and EU funding of organisations working in the fields of women, LGBT and Kurdish rights.
Unpacking liberal and neo-liberal governmentality in EU democracy promotion and civil society funding, this insightful contribution to the literature will be of interest to scholars of International Relations, Middle East Studies, European Studies and democracy promotion.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: On EU democracy promotion, the question of depoliticisation, and the case of Turkey
2. (De)politicisation, (neo-)liberal governmentality, and hegemonic struggles
3. The (neo-)liberal governmentality of EU civil society programs
4. The (de)politicisation of women’s rights organisations in a complex context
5. (De)politicising LGBT rights organisations and the effects of visibility
6. The (de)politicisisation of the securitised Kurdish rights issue
Hanna L. Muehlenhoff is a lecturer at the Department of European Studies, University of Amsterdam (UvA). Her research is on the EU’s human rights promotion, gender and security policies, focusing on Turkey. She recently published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics and Politics.