Society and the EU.
The Case of Research
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Mag. Daniel Spichtinger
(Euromasters, University of Bath, 2002 )
Civil Society and the
An Analysis Focusing on
the Interactions between the Commission and Civil Society Organisations,
with Particular Emphasis on Research Policy.
This thesis takes a
multidisciplinary look at the concept of civil society and its
application at the EU level, focusing in particular on the interactions
between civil society organisations and the Commission.
In the first chapter
it will be analysed how various schools of thought conceptualise the
relationship between civil society, the state and the economic sector.
In this regard I will distinguish between broad and inclusive and narrow
and exclusive theories of civil society.
Secondly, it will be
established that a broad conception of civil society is used at the EU
level. We will then look at how civil society interacts with the
Commission, what the dangers of civil society involvement are and
whether economic actors can be said to be dominant. Another issue will
be whether a truly European civil society exists.
intermediary conclusions I will single out research policy as a case
study of civil society involvement. Using both secondary sources and
empirical means I will arrive at the conclusion that business and
science actors still dominate networks in R&D policy. While the
participation of civil society is presently rather limited, the
Commission has started several initiatives to support the inclusion of
civil society organisations in research policy.
Finally, we will
arrive at some policy recommendations derived from both the general
analysis and the case study.
study here (online version, pdf, 978KB)
my article Civil Society Interaction with the Commission in EU
Research Policy (2003), an update and a summary of my research.
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Euromasters (MA in Contemporary European Studies) is a
postgraduate programme offered jointly by serveral universities across
Europe and the US (coordinated by the university of Bath). It offers
a broad comparative understanding of European or
EU-US politics, policy and social evolution as well as specialist
knowledge of key issues in the Euro-Atlantic area.
the University of Bath is comparatively young it is already ranked among
the top five British universites by the London Times. In a recent
external subject review of politics and economics the departement
recieved the highest possible score (24 out of 24).
markers agreed on A- as the mark for my M.A. thesis.
further information see the Euromasters Webpage
10/08 2003 Article Civil Society Interaction with the
Commission in EU Research Policy available under "download"
12/06-13/06 2003 Conference “Governance of the European Research
Area: The Role of Civil Society” (Brussels)
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06/06 2003 review and update of
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