Network of Excellence on "Efficient and Democratic Governance in a Multi-level Europe" (CONNEX)

Research question/goal: 

CONNEX pursued three tasks:

  1. Taking stock of research on EU governance. The data from a survey covering all and countries in the wider Europe are accessible online at GOVDATA (about 1.600 individual research projects; govdata). A comparative evaluation of the state of the art will be published with Edward Elgar 2009. GOVDATA has been complemented by a bibliographic database GOVLIT with more than 2.500 entries (govlit/).
  2. Integrating and initiating research on core issues concerning efficient and democratic EU governance. Research collaboration was organised in six Research Groups coordinated at Mannheim, Dublin, Ljubljana, Oslo, Paris, and Utrecht. Colleagues from Mannheim have been active participants in all six Research Groups. At Mannheim Beate Kohler-Koch coordinated research on interest representation and civil society involvement with special emphasize on influence and democratic legitimacy. Research findings were discussed in numerous workshops and conferences and published in special issues, edited volumes, and as individual contributions in peer reviewed journals. In addition, the CONNEX Report Series (9 volumes) presents core findings of the Research Groups and Thematic Conferences dedicated to cross cutting questions.
  3. Disseminating research results and training young scholars. Apart from a well managed web-site (ranged among the top by IPSA) and a regular Newsletter, CONNEX has initiated an online working paper series EUROGOV – European Governance Papers and the Living Reviews in European Governance (LREG), both peer reviewed. EUROGOV will come to a close with the end of CONNEX, whereas the Living Reviews will be continued. CONNEX took great efforts to integrate young scholars into on-going research and, in addition, offered special seminars, summer schools, and expert supervision in international thematic oriented PhD networks.

Comprehensive information on activities and publications were available under This page does not exist any longer. Some pages still can be found on the MZES pages (see "Links" in the right column).

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2004 to 2008
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Kohler-Koch, Beate, and Fabrice Larat (Eds.) (2009): European Multi-Level Governance. Contrasting Images in National Research. Cheltenham, UK Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar. more
Kohler-Koch, Beate, Dirk De Bièvre and William A. Maloney (Eds.) (2008): Opening EU-Governance to Civil Society. Mannheim. [CONNEX Report Series; 5] more
Jobert, Bruno, and Beate Kohler-Koch (Eds.) (2008): Changing Images of Civil Society: From Protest to Governance. London: Routledge. [Routledge studies in governance and public policy; 11] more
Kohler-Koch, Beate, and Fabrice Larat (Eds.) (2008): Efficient and Democratic Governance in the European Union. Mannheim. [CONNEX Report Series; 9] more
van der Eijk, Cees, and Hermann Schmitt (Eds.) (2008): The Multilevel Electoral System of the EU. Mannheim. [CONNEX Report Series; 4] more
de Vreese, Claes, and Hermann Schmitt (Eds.) (2007): A European Public Sphere. How much of it do we have, and how much do we need?. Mannheim: MZES. [CONNEX Report Series; 2] more
Kohler-Koch, Beate, and Berthold Rittberger (Eds.) (2007): Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. more
Marsh, Michael, Slava Mikhaylov and Hermann Schmitt (Eds.) (2007): European Elections after Eastern Enlargement. Preliminary Results from the European Election Study 2004. Mannheim. [CONNEX Report Series; 1] more
Knodt, Michèle, and Barbara Finke (Eds.) (2005): Europäische Zivilgesellschaft. Konzepte, Akteure, Strategien. Opladen: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. more