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Social Inequality and Why It Matters for the Economic and Democratic Development of Europe and Its Citizens. Post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective

Objective

Social inequality matters: to the life chances of individuals and their families; and to the democratic and economic future of Europe. The fundamental aim of the proposed project is to create and disseminate new knowledge that will facilitate the achievement of greater social equality, and therefore enhance the social cohesiveness, and democratic and market development of Central and East European (CEE) states and their integration with Western Europe.

The project will investigate the multifaceted character of social inequality in CEE states, where the extent and character of social inequality has been dramatically impacted by the transition from controlled economies to (variously successful) forms of market and democratic systems. It will assess the economic and political causes of social inequality among both individuals and countries and its consequences for social cohesion, economic development, social conflict, social mobility, democratic consolidation, and international integration.

The research will proceed comparatively by examining differences within Central and East European (CEE) states (including EU members, Associated States, and International Cooperation target states in the FSU) and by looking at changes over time in the character and consequences of social inequality within CEE. By analysing 'best practice' within CEE states and other parts of the world, the main impact of the project will be to guide policy measures and institutional arrangements at the national and EU level that will (a) underpin individual and household strategies that may reduce social inequality, (b) contribute to understanding of factors that may reduce social conflict, and (c) enhance economic development, democratic consolidation and European integration.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-CITIZENS-5
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
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University Offices, Wellington Square
Oxford
United Kingdom

Participants (10)

CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY BUDAPEST FOUNDATION
Hungary
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Nador Utca, 9
Budapest
CHARITABLE FOUNDATION "INTELLECTUAL PERSPECTIVE"
Ukraine
Address
Shovkovychna Str., 12
Kyiv
INSTITUTE OF SOCIOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Moskovska Street 13 A
Sofia
MRC - MEDIAN RESEARCH CENTRE, BUCHAREST
Romania
Address
Str. Ion Calin Nr. 3
Bucharest
RUSSIAN RESEARCH LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Bedford Row, 34
London
SOCIOLOGICAL INSTITUTE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
Russia
Address
7-Th Krasnoarmeyskaya, 25/14
St. Petersburg
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
Address
Geerd Grooteplein-noord 9
Nijmegen
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA V PRAZE, FILOZOFICKÁ FAKULTA
Czechia
Address
Nám.j.palacha 2
Prague
UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU
Poland
Address
Ul.h. Wieniawskiego, 1
Poznan
VILNIUS UNIVERSITY
Lithuania
Address
Universiteto 3
Vilnius