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The Challenge of Socio-economic Cohesion In the Enlarged European Union

Objective

The proposed research project, which is structurally based on the comparative analysis of the role of social capital and civil society in achieving the goals of development policy through stimulating social partnerships and improving levels of administrative capacity, is based on research conducted in non-Cohesion (Germany and Italy), old Cohesion (Greece and Spain), CEE (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland) and candidate states (Bulgaria and Romania) of the EU. The project focuses on identifying the patterns of interactions between the levels of social capital and the capacity of civil society to choose effective and efficient development policy strategies and implementation processes to achieve the goal of sustainable development.

Hence, the principal goal of the project is threefold: first, to identify the existing differences in the structure of civil society between the old and new Member States, by evaluating the level of social capital present in different territorial contexts; second, to assess how these differences in the strength of social capital and civil society may be related to the levels of effectiveness and efficiency of development policies in these countries; and third, to identify ways in which the Europeanization of public policy (in our case, cohesion policy) may be used to strengthen the level of social capital and civil society at large, thus indirectly affecting/improving the levels of effectiveness and efficiency of development policy.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/political policy/public policy
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/political science/political policy/civil society

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-CITIZENS-5
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
Address
Houghton Street
London
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY BUDAPEST FOUNDATION
Hungary
Address
Nador Utca, 9
Budapest
CENTRE FOR LIBERAL STRATEGIES
Bulgaria
Address
135A Rakovski Str
Sofia
DARMSTADT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
Darmstadt
INSTITUTE OF SOCIOLOGY OF THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Czechia
Address
Jilska 1
Praha 1
UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA
Spain
Address
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
Barcelona
UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI
Romania
Address
Mihail Kogalniceanu, 1
Cluj-napoca
WARSAW UNIVERSITY
Poland
Address
Krakowski Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa