The management structure aims at finding an optimal balance between centralisation and decentralisation. Decentralisation should support responsiveness, especially when it comes to initiating research and research cooperation. Centralised decision making in representative organs should support accountability. Cooperation between CONNEX and NewGov will be institutionalised in the Executive Committee.
The Advisory Board should provide critical evaluation and open a wider perspective on issues of European governance.
Excellence of the participants
CONNEX took great care to include leading scholars in the field and profit especially from their experience with national research programmes on European governance. At the same time, the network aims at being encompassing in terms of geographic reach. The input of CONNEX in terms of spreading excellent research should allow to find a better compromise between the depth and the size of the network over time. CONNEX will be open not only to new ideas and approaches but also to new individuals and institutions. The openness especially at Research Group and project team level will be reviewed regularly. Procedures will have to be agreed upon jointly.