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Enlargement, gender and governance: the civic and political participation and representation of women in EU candidate countries

Objective

This research proposal investigates issues central to Key Action Theme Three, focusing on enlargement, gender, and governance. A multi-disciplinary team of researchers will map and assess the contribution of women's political and civic organisations to governance in all 10-applicant Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs), which are evolving in terms of democratic practice and European integration. It analyses the extent to which participation procedures in representative institutions and other organisations enable women's involvement in political decision- making and governance in CEECs. It argues that women are under-represented, which results in a democratic deficit; this situation is unlikely to change unless corrective measures are implemented. By examining how the history of communist rule has affected women's current political position, the project will provide recommendations to underpin effective future policy-making. The findings will assist Commission officials who require timely on-the-ground assessment, enhance comparative research across the EU, and provide valuable data to researchers and equality campaigners in CEECs.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Address
University Square 19-21
BT7 1PA Belfast
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

FONDAZIONE FELICITA ED ENRICO BIGNASCHI E FIGLI
Italy
Address
Via Olmetto 3
20123 Milano
INSTITUTE OF SOCIOLOGY OF THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Czechia
Address
Jilska 1
110 00 Praha 1
LAW UNIVERSITY OF LITHUANIA
Lithuania
Address
Ateities Street, 20
2057 Vilnius
MATEJ BEL UNIVERSITY
Slovakia
Address
Narodna, 12
974 01 Banska Bystrica
UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST
Romania
Address
Sfântul Ștefan 24, Sector 2
70609 Bucharest
UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA
Latvia
Address
Visvalza Street, 4A
1050 Riga
UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
Address
Askerceva 2
1000 Ljubljana
UNIVERSITY OF SOFIA KLIMENT OHRIDSKI
Bulgaria
Address
Tzar Osvoboditel Bd 15
1000 Sofia
UNIVERSITY OF TARTU
Estonia
Address
Tiigi Street, 78
50410 Tartu