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Effects of Institutional Change on Participatory Democracy and the Involvement of Civil Society Organisations

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Project "DemocInChange" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PRINSSTRAAT 13
postcode: 2000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 172˙800 €
 EC max contribution 172˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2018-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN BE (ANTWERPEN) coordinator 172˙800.00


 Project objective

'DemocInChange understands the current challenges to EU integration as an opportunity to rethink the interface of civil society organisations (CSOs) and EU institutions as a basis for supranational participatory democracy. It does so by focusing on CSOs that aim to improve citizenship rights and participation for groups often marginalized in the policy-making process, more precisely by studying the effects of internal EU administrative reorganisation on the participation of CSOs in EU decision- and policy-making. DemocInChange impacts on the future of European integration by contributing to President Juncker's political priority 'A Union of Democratic Change', making European societies more innovative, inclusive and reflective. It provides a better understanding of the linkages between equality CSOs and EU institutions, the impact of the Commission on CSOs networks and their lobbying options. DemocInChange pursues three objectives: 1) innovative interdisciplinary state-of-the-art research assessing how the EU can improve its decision-making, 2) excellent training equipping with innovative and future-oriented skills and a sustainable network allowing jobs in academia, policy think tanks or CSOs, 3) mutual learning between academics, policy makers, civil society and students by innovative ICT tools. The objectives will be achieved by a comprehensive training program providing excellent training-through-research, one academic secondment educating in innovative analytical software and elearning, and one non-academic secondment to the European Parliament Think Tank. The three organizations provide fertile ground for disseminating research results to a variety of academic and non-academic audiences in short time. DemocInChange supports the Horizon 2020 goal of becoming the leading knowledge-based economy by bridging divisions between academia, civil society and EU institutions, and by creating a communicative and interactive elearning space.'


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Petra Ahrens
The birth, life, and death of policy instruments: 35 years of EU gender equality policy programmes
published pages: 45-66, ISSN: 0140-2382, DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2018.1490561
West European Politics 42/1 2019-05-28
2018 Petra Ahrens
Anti-feministische Politiker*innen im Frauenrechtsausschuss des Europäischen Parlaments
published pages: 403-415, ISSN: 0723-5186, DOI: 10.1515/fs-2018-0042
Feministische Studien 36/2 2019-05-28

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