Changing Power Dynamics; consequences of the Syrian refugee crisis for state and citizen relation

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Changing Power Dynamics; consequences of the Syrian refugee crisis for state and citizen relation

Type: Master thesis
Title: Changing Power Dynamics; consequences of the Syrian refugee crisis for state and citizen relation
Author: Huizinga, Marlot
Issue Date: 2018-08-01
Keywords: Integration, Utrecht, local government, civil society, power dynamics, citizen initiatives
Abstract: "With great power comes great responsibility." In a modern neoliberal democratic society responsibility is distributed to different domains of society. My thesis is based on the theoretical notion of negotiation between state and citizen in the public sphere. I have theorized that within a democratic society, civil society associations represent various segments of society. Additionally, civil society associations are necessary in order to let elections function democratically. Another important element is the political rationale of neoliberalism in a modern democracy. This rationale determines how the relationship of civil society and state is defined and how responsibility is distributed. The distribution of responsibility equals distribution of power, and to justify the use of power actors instrumentalize morality.
Description: The leading question throughout this thesis was what happens when a crisis occurs within the dynamics of this power relationship. I studied this through the case study of the Syrian refugee crisis from 2015 onwards in the context of Utrecht. I specifically looked into why and how the state creates space for new actors of the civil society to take on the responsibility of the state. Three chapters elaborated towards an answer to my research question of to what extent does the emergence of the refugee crisis affect power dynamics between state and non-state actors?
Supervisor: Calculli, Marina
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Middle Eastern Studies (Master)
Specialisation: Modern Middle East
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/68875
 

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