Strenghtening Journalism in Europe: Tools, Networking, Training


This conference  is an occasion for a discussion amongst journalists, institutions and stakeholders on European and international actions on safety of journalists, on status of journalists and on challenges for journalism. The event is organised by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom. 29-30 January 2015

The Enterprise as an Element of European Identity


The European enterprise has been an object of study and research since when, with the creation of the Common Market, Europe started to be perceived as a unitary subject. According to this study it is possible to speak of a specifically 'European enterprise': it defends the idea that at the beginning of the 21st century,
the European model still shows certain features and values that are specific to it. 28 January 2015

Call for abstracts: Universal Basic Income Conference


The Max Weber Programme is launching a call for abstracts for a conference on the topic of universal basic income. The conference aims to look into the future of basic income research: Which questions have been left unanswered, which questions should be posed? What should be on the research agenda for the next 10 years? Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 February 2015

Policy Challenges in Digital Markets: Call for Papers


The 2015 Florence School of Regulation Scientific Seminar on the Economics, Law and Policy of Communications and Media brings together scholars in the fields of economics and law, as well as practitioners, to consider frontier research in media and telecommunications, with a goal of fostering research ideas and informing policy. The seminar will include 12-15 research papers presented over a two day period. Call for papers open until 2 February 2015



Matching voters with parties and candidates : voting advice applications in a comparative perspective

Edited by Diego Garzia; Stefan Marschall

This book aims first at a comprehensive overview of the voting advice applications (VAA) phenomenon in a truly comparative perspective. Featuring the biggest number of European experts on the topic ever assembled, the book answers a number of open questions and addresses debates in VAA research. It also aims to bridge the gap between VAA research and related fields of political science.

Religion and the public order of the European Union

By Ronan McCrea

The author offers the first comprehensive account of the role of religion within the public order of the European Union. He examines the facilitation and protection of individual and institutional religious freedom in EU law and the means through which the Union facilitates religious input and influence over law. Identifying the limitations on religious influence over law and politics that have been required by the Union, he demonstrates how such limitations have been identified as fundamental elements of the public order and prerequisites EU membership.

Changing the rules of the game : on the determinants and consequences of electoral reforms in contemporary democracies

By Pedro Riera

As the “Short Twentieth Century” came to an end, more and more democracies seriously considered the possibility –often for the first time in their history- of changing their national electoral system. Since then, the total number of electoral reforms enacted in countries that select their rulers through free and fair elections has sharply increased. The aim of this study is to comparatively examine the universe of electoral system changes that have occurred in 60 contemporary democracies between 1945 and 2010.