Internationalisation of Social Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe: The ‘Catching Up’ -- A Myth or a Strategy?, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Internationalisation of Social Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe

The ‘Catching Up’ -- A Myth or a Strategy?, 1st Edition

Edited by Ilona Pálné Kovács, Dagmar Kutsar


227 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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Internationalisation of Social Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe explores the way in which social sciences, in comparison with other sciences in Europe, have been divided by the political orders of West and East. As part of the field of science policies in Europe, this book contributes to the creation of a new understanding of the European academic landscape of social sciences with particular focus on CEE countries.

In its investigation of the emergence of social sciences in Central and Eastern Europe following the collapse of the totalitarian systems, this book discusses how the internationalisation of the social sciences and the convergence between Western and Eastern social scientific life is hindered by factors including funding, academic contacts, and curriculum development. The issues addressed within the text serve to prompt the realisation that coherence in European social sciences can be reached only if new academic traditions and cultures are developed, and science policies harmonised.

This book is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students of European Integration, CEE or Transitional Studies, and any courses related to science policies. It is also relevant to science administrators and policy makers at national and European level.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why this book? Dagmar Kutsar and Ilona Palne Kovacs Part One: Insights into European science policies framework 2. International research collaboration in Europe - strategy and role of the European Science Foundation, John Marks and Balazs Kiss 3. The inclusiveness of the European Research Area in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities and the ways and means by which this could be better achieved, Dimitri Corpakis Part Two: State of the art of Social Science and international cooperation in CEE countries 4. The problematique of structures - Social Sciences and CEE in flux, Iris Virtasalo and Jouni Jarvinen 5. The involvement of Central and Eastern European data archives and data providers in forming a pan-European research infrastructure for Social Sciences, Brigitte Hausstein 6. Social Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe - institutional landscapes, Agnieszka Wenninger 7. Collaboration of the Social Science researchers of CEE countries in European research programmes during the period 1994-2006, Ulle Must 8. Inequalities in Eastern and Central European Research Area. Challenges of regional decentralisation, Gyula Horvath Part Three: Country case studies 9. Czech science policy in Social Sciences and Humanities: towards transformation and catching-up, Adolf Filacek 10.Paving Romania's way towards the European Research Area, Dalina Dumitrescu 11. In isolation parochial standards persist: the case of the social sciences in Bulgaria, Galin Gornev 12. An evalutation system of the Science and internation orientation of Social Scientists: the case of Slovenia, Anton Kramberger and Franc Mali 13. Conclusions: Internationalisation of CEE Social Sciences - is the catching up a myth or reality? Dagmar Kutsar and Ilona Palne Kovacs

About the Editors

Ilona Pálné Kovács is Director for the Transdanubian Research Institute of the Centre for Regional Studies and Professor at the University of Pecs, Department of Political Science. She has led many local and international research projects in the fields of local and regional government, and regional policy. She has also written numerous books and articles.

Dagmar Kutsar is Associate Professor of Social Policy, and Head of the Unit of Family and Welfare Studies at the University of Tartu. Recent publications include ‘On determinants of perceived social exclusion among young adults of middle-sized towns in Estonia, Germany and the United Kingdom’ Youth in Contemporary Europe (Routledge, forthcoming).

About the Series

Studies in European Sociology

Europe is currently undergoing massive change. In the former Eastern Europe, societies are adapting to post-communist regimes and economies and facing the implications of war in the Balkans. In the west the increased integration of the European Union impacts on every aspect of legal, economic and political life. The whole of Europe is going through major transformations in terms of gender, race and class. This series published by Routledge with the European Sociological Association, provides a forum for sociological responses to these developments.    

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General