Grant NumberCBI_2009_11
TypeCross Border Initiative
OrganizationCivil Europe Association
Project NameHas our dream come true? Comparative research of Central and Eastern European Civil Societies
Amount AwardedUSD 295,200.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2009 - February 01, 2011
Project Description

We would like to identify regional challenges of civil societies of the Central Eastern European countries by drawing a dynamic picture on civil society which can reveal the real developments and trends that so far has not been examined by either international and national surveys based on top down statistical and quantitative methodologies. We are aiming at carrying out a large scale comparative research project to identify country specific economic, social and legal context and also the regional characteristics of civil societies in Central and Eastern Europe. We use public participation as one of the major indicators of the state of a civil society, in line with recent civic participation theory, e.g. John Gaventa. We intend to explore the current status of civil societies in the region, using the methodology of a double comparison. On the one hand, we would like to compare what the elite expected in the beginning of the 1990s to become of civil societies and what has actually happened; and what the current expectations of the young civic activists are (time-axis). On the other hand, on the basis of country studies we can identify the common features and also the differences among the countries involved (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Romania – regional axis).

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