Friday, September 17, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Malta protests to be discussed at SISP Conference on Political Science

Michael Briguglio's latest sociological research on protests in Malta in the Covid era will be presented in the upcoming political science conference organized by the Societa' Italiana Di Scienza Politica, which will be held online between 9 - 11 September. The research will form part of the panel on political participation, discourses and identities. 

Further information: English Guide for Participants – SISP



Thursday, August 5, 2021

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Malta Poll Tracker - EuropeElects

EuropeElects regularly provides poll averages of Malta's political parties. You can access this from the following link: Malta – Europe Elects



Friday, July 23, 2021

The case of land rationalization in Malta - Michael Briguglio (2012)

The Maltese press reports that Environmental NGOs have lost a 14-year legal battle over the 2006 building zones extension, referred to by the Government of the time as 'rationalization' of land.

The following peer-reviewed article was published in 2012 about this matter, in the International Journal of Green Economics: 

Briguglio, Michael (2012). ‘ENGOs, EU accession and empowerment: the case of land rationalisation in Malta’, International Journal of Green Economics, 6: 3, 279-297

This paper analyses whether EU Accession has helped empower Maltese ENGOs, with specific reference to the land rationalisation issue between 2006 and 2010. This issue was characterised by the Maltese Government’s decision to extend development boundaries prior to the 2008 general elections. Malta’s environmental movement opposed this decision and lobbied at national and European levels. Even though the rationalisation issue became one of the most prominent environmental issues at the time, the environmental movement ultimately failed to change Government’s decision. This paper argues that, with respect to development of land, EU accession alone is not sufficient to empower ENGOs, as this process is mediated with other overdetermining factors.

Links:

OAR@UM: ENGOs, EU accession and empowerment : the case of land rationalisation in Malta

ENGOs, EU accession and empowerment: the case of land rationalisation in Malta | Request PDF (researchgate.net)

(99) ENGOs, EU accession and empowerment: the case of land rationalisation in Malta | Michael Briguglio - Academia.edu

ENGOs, EU accession and empowerment: the case of land rationalisation in Malta: International Journal of Green Economics: Vol 6, No 3 (inderscienceonline.com)

View article (google.com)







Monday, July 19, 2021

EU accession and civil society empowerment : the case of Maltese ENGOs - Michael Briguglio (2013)

Briguglio, Michael (2013): EU Accession and Civil Society Empowerment – The Case of Maltese ENGOs. Doctoral Thesis: University of Malta.

This doctoral thesis in Sociology investigates whether European Union (EU) Accession has influenced civil society empowerment in Malta, with specific reference to Environmental NGOs (ENGOs). 

In particular, the study examines whether Maltese ENGOs have experienced empowerment in the first years following EU accession. This study verifies (1) whether EU accession has effected lobbying of ENGOs; (2) whether EU accession has enhanced the empowerment of ENGOs; and (3) whether EU accession has led to the institutionalisation of ENGOs. 

This study analyzes the construction of environmental politics in relation to Malta’s EU accession. For this scope, discourse analysis was applied to engage with respondents from ENGOs and with specific case studies involving ENGOs in particular. 

A major conclusion that can be derived from this thesis is that EU accession has generally enhanced the empowerment of Maltese ENGOs, but this process was uneven, was combined with other overdetermining factors and depended on different issues and on different types of ENGO. ENGOs had greater access to opportunities that were unavailable prior to Malta’s EU accession. The construction or otherwise of hegemonic formations related to the empowerment of ENGOs was related to sensitizing, procedural, structural and substantive impacts. 

Empowerment through hegemonic formations was not common, but ENGOs were successful in constructing nodal points and in benefitting from different types of impacts, especially sensitizing and procedural ones. Another important conclusion is that even though ENGO empowerment could also be related to their institutionalisation, this process is not pre-determined and does not exclude antagonism of such ENGOs to State structures and other social agents. Besides, the environmental movement remains characterised by both moderate and radical ideologies. 

Links:

View article (google.com)

OAR@UM: EU accession and civil society empowerment : the case of Maltese ENGOs

(18) (PDF) EU Accession and Civil Society Empowerment: The case of Maltese ENGOs (researchgate.net)

(92) (PDF) EU Accession and Civil Society Empowerment - The Case of Maltese ENGOs. | Michael Briguglio - Academia.edu



Online Conference: Social Movements and the Social Question

After a one year gap due to the pandemic, the Institute for the Study of Protest and Social Movements is organizing its 2021 annual conferen...