6th Framework Programme (2002-2006)
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 IConnectEU and partner projects

IConnectEU increased the visibility and impact of collaborative research in Europe by improving the dissemination of and the accessibility to research outcomes from projects with similar topics and audience. IConnectEU created a generic infrastructure for joint dissemination activities across thematically related projects, consisting of a software platform, a reference model for integrated dissemination, and guidelines on how to implement the infrastructure in different domains. The consortium was coordinated by GESIS, Bonn. IConnectEU was funded under the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission in the Thematic Priority “Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society” and ran from March 2006 until October 2008.  


Apart from Connex, the other six related partner projects were:


EU-Consent - Constructing Europe Network
EU-CONSENT as a network of excellence for joined research and teaching looks at the construction of a new Europe especially from 2005-2008. It addresses the question of the mutual reinforcing effects of deepening and widening by developing and working with three sets of expectations for analysing the past and developing an innovative framework for the future integration beyond Western Europe. Within such a conceptual framework 25 teams test lessons from the past in view of their academic and political validity for discussing visions and scenarios for the future. The major leitmotiv is that the Union is in the full process of reinventing itself - a development which is however difficult to grasp and explain. EU-CONSENT includes 49 institutions and research institutes and will terminate in 2009.


Democracy in Europe and the mobilization of society
DEMOS included 7 institutions from 6 European countries. This project focused on forms of deliberative democracy as they are elaborated "from below" and implemented both in the internal organization of social movements and in experiments of participatory public decisionmaking. In particular, the project analysed the issue of active democracy as it emerges in the theorization and practices of the movements that have recently mobilized on the issues of globalization, suggesting patterns of "globalization from below".



Participatory Governance and Institutional Innovation
PAGANINI (1) analysed how fields of governance related to the "politics of life" constitute a new and particular challenge for citizen participation and the generation of active trust, (2) illuminated how citizens' participation in key areas of European research and technology policy that are connected to the "politics of life" can be made more effective and appropriate, (3) investigated the changing role of civic participation in the context of multi-level governance in the EU, and (4) contributed to institutional redesign in the emerging European "politics of life". PAGANINI included 9 institutions from 8 different European countries. PAGANINI ran from 2004 until 2007.



Integrated and United? A Quest for Citizenship in an Ever Closer Europe
The major aim of research in INTUNE, which is running until 2009, is to study the changes in the scope, nature and characteristics of citizenship presently underway as an effect of the process of deepening and enlargement of the European Union. It will focus on how integration and decentralization processes, at both the national and European level, are affecting three major dimensions of citizenship: identity, representation, and practice of good governance. INTUNE includes 32 institutions and research institutes.



Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe - the Making of European Citizenship
CINEFOGO is a consortium consisting of more than 40 universities and research institutes and a number of public service institutions in 15 European countries. CINEFOGO's mission is to generate and spread knowledge on the evolution of citizenship and multiple identities in Europe, and addressing civic apathy and social exclusion in Europe. CINEFOGO has organized the activities by giving focus on research, education and public debates within three thematic areas: "Identities, Values, and Civic Cultures - Integration and Diversity", "Citizenship and Civic Participation in Relation to Social Protection", and "Multi-level Governance and Organized Civil Society".



The determinants of active civic participation at European and national level
CIVICACTIVE included 15 institutions from 13 different European countries. The project evaluated the state of the art of the study of referendums on European integration and analyses all available survey and aggregate data sets dealing with EU referendum voting. It collected and analysed aggregate data on participation and vote choice in European Parliament and other elections and related census-based data for all member states.


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