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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 29003

  • Start date

    1 February 2006

  • End date

    31 January 2008

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 895 000

  • EU contribution

    € 895 000

Coordinated by:

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom

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.

Coordinator

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

Address

Houghton Street
London

United Kingdom

Participants (7)

CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY BUDAPEST FOUNDATION

Hungary

CENTRE FOR LIBERAL STRATEGIES

Bulgaria

DARMSTADT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Germany

INSTITUTE OF SOCIOLOGY OF THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Czechia

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

Spain

UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI

Romania

WARSAW UNIVERSITY

Poland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 29003

  • Start date

    1 February 2006

  • End date

    31 January 2008

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 895 000

  • EU contribution

    € 895 000

Coordinated by:

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom