The transversal dimension elucidated here puts all stakeholders into relation with one another, and within the institutional context of the European Security Research Programme. The whole can be described as the governance regime of security research. For this reason, first, the institutional landscape for potential CSO participation in national security research programmes has to be documented and analysed. Following that, secondly, the possibilities for civil society participation opened up by the EU framework programmes will be explored. Last, based upon the selection and evaluation of existing results by EU projects, the traits and interests of major stakeholders, such as research and technology organizations (RTOs), or small and middle-sized enterprise (SMEs) will be explored. This analysis documents the enormous imbalance in participation among CSOs and other research actors in the European Security Research Programme (ESRP).
To trace the dynamics of Civil Society Organizations within security research, a model of stakeholder involvement in public policy will be applied. CSOs will be positioned according to their influence capacity along the dimensions of high/low power, and of high/low interest from security research. This report is a necessary step in order to subsequently devise a course of communicative action and activities to integrate and empower CSO participation in security policy making.
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