Cultures of Governance and Conflict Resolution in Europe and India (CORE)

Concept Note


CORE - The Role of Governance in the Resolution of Socioeconomic and Political Conflict in Europe and India


The project CORE - The role of Governance in the Resolution of Socioeconomic and Political Conflict in Europe and India is a collaborative research project, conducted jointly by Indian and European research teams. This project is funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme. This project was launched in January, 2011. The CORE project, which will be completed in December 2013, analyses the premises and operation of governance initiatives in conflict transformation processes through a combination of fieldwork, qualitative analysis and theory development. It studies the cases of recent governance practices in Bihar (India), Bosnia, Cyprus, Georgia, North East India and Kashmir. MCRG is particularly involved with the case studies of Bihar and North East India. The project will review and critique current approaches to conflict resolution with the aim to revise and improve both the theoretical and operational sides of conflict resolution and peace building. Through a reciprocal learning process between appropriate parties of the European Union and Indian actors and policymakers, it will enhance the perspectives and methods of both.


The project Sets Out the Following Objectives


    It will analyse how increasingly globally articulated and networked norms, rules and policies of governance are transforming and affecting conflicts locally;

   It will assess how and to what degree governance measures on global, regional, state and local level impact each other in a multi-level dynamic, and if and how they constitute peace processes with broad local legitimacy.

   It will study how an emerging EU peacebuilding framework, loosely defined by the liberal peace and regional integration or association, compares with regional strategies aimed at dealing with conflict on and around the Indian subcontinent.

   It will map a select set of current governance programmes and actors that are set up to address conflicts of each case study and analyses the discourses of the governance initiatives, their underpinned principles and societal goals for peacebuilding in each context;

   It will form a methodological framework for field analysis of governance initiatives implemented in societies of long-term conflict;

It intends to improve the knowledge and understanding of the cultural dynamics of current governance, peace and development practices in India and Europe- the effect and impact of governance initiatives on conflicts where issues of identity mobilization and minority rights are prominent;

   It intends to make a significant contribution to basic research on global politics, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and governance through improving the theoretical and methodological basis for analysing and assessing the political and social impact of governance initiatives.

The project in particular intends to analyse the following areas of peacebuilding and governance: a) democratic institution building, b) development/ management of resources, c) human rights, d) rule of law, e) policing, and f) civil society. This will be carried out by combining targeted case studies with theoretical innovation.

For Framework Document and Work Packages...  CLICK HERE

For more




GC-45, First Floor, Salt Lake, Sector III, Kolkata-700 106
Tel :91-33-2337 0408 | Fax : 91-33-2337 1523

@2009 Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group