Conceptual Framework & Project Management

Objectives: To develop a conceptual framework for research on gender and governance in the EU candidate counties. To initiate a project management strategy that ensures coherent delivery of the project's aims by all consortium partners. To identify a common set of institutions of governance for all partners (including equality institutions) and specific country institutions of relevance to individual partners.

Consistent and coherent completion of subsequent work packages will be ensured through consensual decisions by the project management committee via e-mail lists and planning meetings. The co-ordinator will maintain contact with partners through regular e-mail and phone contact, visits to each of the partners, and postings of draft reports on the project website.

Methodology: The co-ordinator and Marina Calloni will draft a conceptual framework, which will be circulated to the partners for discussion and agreement at the first planning meeting. The co-ordinator will also initiate the project management strategy, while regular e-mail contact and six planning meetings will enable the management committee to reach decisions.

Deliverables: A report that explores and expands on the processes of democratisation both at institutional and social level, which will argue that democracy is fulfilled when participation and representation are interconnected and when institutions implement policies through legitimate procedures. Gender will be used as a test for understanding the progress of democratisation and Europeanisation in the CEECs. In addition to a coherent thematic approach, this work package will ensure the consistent completion of project objectives.

Expected Results: The section will set the stage for the remainder of the project, enabling the development of a solid conceptual framework and coherent research approach by all partners.

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