the research group „European Civil Society and Multilevel Governance“ expired at the end of 2009.
This site will remain online until all dissertations will be completed in 2011.
Research Group European Civil Society and Multilevel Governance
The research group „European Civil Society and Multilevel Governance“ at the Department for Political Science at Muenster University is located in the intersection of transition science and European policy analysis. The focus of the research group is the importance of Civil Society/Third Sector Organisations for the efficiency of European multilevel governance, in particularly with regard to the new post-communist member states in Central and Eastern Europe.
The group is funded by a major grant of the North Rhine-Westphalian ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology. It started in autumn 2004 and provides four Ph.D. scholarships and research funds. The research group is supervised by Dr. Matthias Freise in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Annette Zimmer.
This website provides further information on the Ph.D. students, their Ph.D. projects, the group’s publications, and the time table.
+++ Summa cum laude for Kristina Charrad +++
"Participants or Observers in European Governance? Civil Society Lobbyists from the Visegrád Countries in Brussels" was the title of the first PhD project that has been finished by a member of the Research Group. Kristina Charrad's thesis was graded "summa cum laude" by Prof. Dr. Annette Zimmer (right) and PD Dr. Christiane Frantz (left). It will be pubished by Nomos Verlag in autumn.
+++ Alexia Duten wins 3rd place at IP essay contest+++
„Don’t ask what Europe can do for you - ask what you can do for Europe!” Kennedy’s famous dictum, reminding every American of their personal responsibility toward the country’s wellbeing, is well applicable to Europe. In the run-up to the European Parliamentary Elections in June 2009, German magazine for foreign affairs, "Internationale Politik", put this question to students from the 27 EU countries. Alexia Duten, member of the Research Group, won the third price with her essay "We are the origin of the European Union."
„We are the origin of the European Union“ (pdf, english)
„Wir sind der Ausgangspunkt der EU“ (pdf, german)
+++ Webside for the anthology on European Civil Society is online +++
The new series "European Civil Society" is dedicated to overcome these boundaries by providing an interdisciplinary forum for discussing the theory and practice of civil society, with a special focus on pan-European issues. The series invites contributions from the various disciplines of the social sciences, particularly from business and public administration, economics, history, political science, sociology, and law. The first Volume "European Civil Society on the Road to Success?" is edited by Matthias Freise and contains essays from Research Group Members. Please visit the webside here.
+++ Research Group publishes anthology on European Civil Society +++
This anthology contributes to the ongoing discussion of how and to what extent civil society might provide avenues for the further integration of Europe and for the deepening of European democracy. Its aim is to break the barriers between the traditional division of labour of European governance and national-regional-local oriented social and political research. The authors also place emphasis on the integration of empirical and normative concepts related to the European civil society discourses. You can download further information here.
+++ Video Feature "Partner Civil Society" +++
A new approach to disseminate research on the Third Sector to a wider public has been taken in the video feature "Partner Civil Society", which was just released by a team around Prof. Annette Zimmer and filmmaker Astrid Sauermann at the University of Münster. The thirty minute documentary sets out traces of public private partnerships in the borderland between the Netherlands and Germany. Its diverse examples depict well working practices from the fields of sports, culture and transportation, but don't fall short to take a critical stance on the subject also. Scientific insight is provided in interviews with participating researchers of the CINEFOGO Conference on Partnerships as keystones of new governance, which was held at the University of Münster in January 2007.
+++ New PhD fellowships at the research group +++
The research group “European Civil Society and Multilevel Governance” at the Department for Political Science at Muenster University has recently awarded four PhD fellowships that are funded by the provincial government of North Rhine-Westphalia. The fellowships will last for a maximum of two and a half years. The group is supervised by Dr. Matthias Freise in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Annette Zimmer under the research topic “Civil Society and Democracy” and is a part of the Graduate School of Politics (GraSP) at the Department for Political Science at Muenster University. The new fellows are Jenny Elmaco, Freya Brune, Alexia Duten und Christoph Golbeck. Their research will continue the work of the first cohort.
+++ 23rd conference of the German Association for Political Research (DVPW) +++
The research group will organize an
English speaking ad hoc group during the 23rd conference of the German
Association for Political Research (DVPW) at Friday, September 29th in
Münster on the topic “European Civil Society and
Multilevel Governance”. Papers are very welcome. You can
download the complete Call for Papers here. The final
programme of the ad hoc group can be downloaded here.