The mission of EUDO is above all to gather documentation and data and to provide basic and applied research reports for EU institutions. Here is a list of the projects that EUDO has successfully completed.
In December 2009 EUDO won a tender from the European Social and Economic Committee ( EESC) to produce a comparative study on member state consultations with civil society on European policy matters. The aim of the study is to map and analyse consultation with civil society at the national level, in order to offer policy advice on how to improve EESC-led consultative processes. The project is led by Didier Chabanet, who is supported by a team of appointed country experts consisting of EUI researchers and external fellows trained in the field. They will collect and analyse information about the way in which the `voice` of civil society is represented, not only at the national level, but in particular through EESC-led consultative processes. The study contains 27 national reports and a cross-country comparison.
The study was concluded in December 2010 and the first part of the study was published in the EESC studies series. To access the study, click here.
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In November 2009, the OPPR won a tender of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament for writing a report on “How to Create a Transnational European Party System?”. The report, written in the first half of 2010 by four OPPR researchers under the direction of Prof. Bardi and Prof. Mair, analyses the factors that could affect the development of a full-fledged party system at EU level, and is divided into four parts: 1) An analysis of the political doctrine and programme of major political parties in as many Member States as feasible; 2) An examination of current procedures applied to political parties to choose leaders for European Office; 3) The development of proposals on how to help a European political party system evolve from national structures strongly influenced by historical traditions and cultural factors; 4) The development of suggestions regarding the extent to which the European electoral system and different systems of party financing would have to be revised in order to facilitate the above.
The preliminary results of the report have been presented on 2 June before the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament, whereas the final version of the report has been published by the Europan Parliament in early October. One of the core conclusion reached by the report is that we need to distinguish between the phenomenon of transnationalisation of political parties and the phenomenon transnationalisation of their party system. Much of the evidence examined in the report points to the increasing transnationalisation of the parties, and reveals that there are relatively few obstacles to large-scale convergence across Europe. Despite this convergence, however, there is still little progress towards the formation of a transnational party system. At the level of competition between parties, in other words, national boundaries and national identities remain paramount. In the concluding remarks, the report formulates and discusses some ways in which these latter barriers might be lowered, and the implications of such a change.
To access the report, click here.
At the beginning of 2010, EUDO was commissioned by the Socialists and Democrats group (S&D) of the European Parliament (EP) to study the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the EP. To do so, the study mainly analyses the following four topics. First, how and in which policy areas the extension of co-decision can get the EP closer to citizens’ daily concerns and can reinforce the visibility of the EP. Second, how the influence of the EP towards other EU institutions can be maximised (focusing above all on newly established President of the Council, the High Representative and the External Action Service). Thirdly, the study analyses the reinforcement of national parliaments and its linked opportunities and challenges for the EP. Finally, the study sheds some light on the enhanced role of civil society under the Lisbon Treaty (above all on the Citizens’ Initiative) and on how the EP can maximize its political impact in cooperation with civil society.
The study, which was led by Professors Alexander H. Trechsel and Bruno de Witte, was concluded in April and was published in July 2010. To access the study, click here.
Since autumn 2009, the RSCAS participates in a new Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) called “ELECDEM: Training Network in Electoral Democracy”. ELECDEM brings together 11 expert teams from 9 European countries to provide substantive and methodological training in voting behaviour and elections research to a cohort of early stage and experienced researchers. The objective of the network and associated projects is to evaluate the functioning of democracies in the context of globalisation and technological and institutional change.
The ITN run for four years with Prof. Mark Franklin, SPS Department and co-Director of the EUDO Observatory on Public Opinion, being the scientist in charge at the EUI.
ELECDEM held its final conference at the European University Institute from 28 to 30 June 2012. ELECDEM has taken a comprehensive approach to the study of electoral democracy using cross-nationally comparative databases, content analysis and experiments to examine the impact of globalisation, technological developments in communication and institutional change on representation and accountability. At the final conference, research findings will be disseminated and papers presented by researchers working on elections, political behaviour and political communication
Further information on ELECDEM can be found at: http://www.elecdem.eu/
EUDO is part of a larger international consortium that won a tender in the framework of the European Commission’s “Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme”, ICT Policy Support Programme (Objective Theme 3: ICT for Governance) for a three-year project entitled “Puzzled by Policy”. The project aims at informing, consulting, and empowering citizens in immigration policy-making in the EU by providing high-quality information on policy developments and by bringing together citizens and key policy actors to exchange ideas and policy proposals.
Since the inception of “Puzzled by Policy” in October 2010, EUDO has provided key inputs into the project. The experience gained from the design and implementation of EU Profiler were extremely valuable for the construction of the “Puzzled by Policy” platform, an online tool for engaging citizens and policy actors in immigration policy-making at the EU level and in four trial EU member-states (Spain, Italy, Greece and Hungary). Moreover, the “Puzzled by Policy” team at EUDO was responsible for the conceptualization of immigration policy issues, the mapping of policy developments at the EU and national levels, the documentation of policy positions and proposals of key policy stakeholders, and the design of the “Puzzled by Policy” profiler. The latter includes a questionnaire on current issues that cover a whole range of immigration policy agendas in the EU, including the movement of highly-skilled workers and students, family reunification, immigrant integration, temporary and seasonal migration, and irregular migration and return.
The “Puzzled by Policy” platform was launched in February 2012. The platform allows users to graphically compare their views on immigration with national and EU immigration policies, as well as with the opinions of relevant stakeholders. Users are then encouraged to join discussions on particular aspects of immigration policy they feel strongly about. The platform is customized for Greece, Hungary, Italy and Spain, as the trial countries. However the platform is also available in English and discussions can be automatically translated into any language. To ensure accessibility to all users, the Puzzled by Policy widget can be embedded on any website. The platform can be accessed at http://join.puzzledbypolicy.eu/.
Since the launch of the platform, the “Puzzled by Policy” team at EUDO has directed most of its efforts to the U-debate part of the platform, feeding this online discussion tool with relevant information on immigration policy developments and providing the relevant links to legislation and other references. The EUDO team will continue to keep the consortium up-to-date concerning ongoing changes in immigration policies in the EU and its member-states until the conclusion of the project.
To know more about the project read the article “Puzzled by Policy” at the RSCAS: Making Citizens Part of Immigration Policy-Making, by Georgia Mavrodi & Tamara Jonjic
EUDO Spotlight focuses its analyses on public opinion reactions to the most recent issues at stake in the European political agenda, showing how they affect European democracy. It presents periodic reports on mainstream public-opinion debates, showing their consequences on attitudes toward Europe and EU institutions. Find here more information about the EUDO Spotlight Project.
Although all EU member states are equal before the law, they are unequal in population and resources. In fact, more than two-thirds of the member states are small countries. Since the co-decision processes of the EU usually operate by consensus, the ability of countries to make their voice heard is of paramount importance. In order to influence the policy-making process, small countries need to be informed, in a timely and realistic way.
Funded by the Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos (FFMS), Lisbon, this project systematically examines the role of representatives of small countries in the European Union policy-making process, with a special focus on Portugal.
This project is led by Professors Richard Rose and Alexander H. Trechsel and carried out by a team composed of Dr. Daniela Corona, Dr. Filipa Raimundo, Jorge Fernandes and José Santana Pereira. Moreover, the FFMS appointed a distinguished advisory committee from the Portuguese public policy community to follow and comment on the reports produced by the research team.
Find here more information about the project.
EUDO Citizenship carried out a research project financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals: ACIT (Access to citizenship and its impact on immigrant integration).
In its 18-month programme, ACIT generated indicators for citizenship laws, their implementation, acquisition rates and their impact on immigrant integration in 33 European states. ACIT also organized stakeholder dialogues and produced citizenship handbooks in 10 EU member states.
The five consortium partners who carried out the project jointly were: the European University Institute, the Migration Policy Group (Brussels), University College Dublin, University of Edinburgh and Maastricht University.
Find here more information about the project.
An EUI-led team won a tender for a report issued by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament. The report examined electoral rights and the participation of third-country nationals in EU member states and of EU citizens in third countries, including external voting procedures in national and EP elections. The FRACIT project also discussed issues related to the diplomatic protection of EU citizens in countries where their states of origin do not have representations. Research for FRACIT broadened the thematic coverage of the EUDO CITIZENSHIP observatory from citizenship status to voting rights. EUDO CITIZENSHIP collaborated in this project with Edinburgh University, University College Dublin, Sussex University and a network of national experts.Find more information about the project here.
The EUDO Observatory on Public Opinion started a collaboration with the Centre on Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) for the conceptualization of a Media Profiler in May 2012. In particular EUDO helped CMPF in conceiving and developing a theoretical framework for assessing the positioning of individual European Media organisations in terms of their legal, political, social, geographical, cultural and economic dimensions. The outcome of this action was the conceptualization and definition of a group of variables and indicators. The EU-wide media profiler defined a set of propositions (between 15 and 30 statements), referring to public policies and media-related issues. These statements were derived from a careful in-depth analysis of public debates at EU level, as well as in the 27 EU member states. The Media Profiler team, in close cooperation with European institutions, collected the relevant information to conceptualize and formulate the propositions, with the involvement of a group of top level European journalists, together with other relevant stakeholders in the Media system. This set of fundamental stylized concepts, once fully agreed upon and tested, will hopefully come to constitute a benchmark for assessing the position of individual European Media institutions. Find more information about the project here.
In occasion of the European Parliament elections of 2014, the European University Institute launched euandi – an online Voting Advice Application (VAA) that builds on the successful experience of the EU Profiler.
euandi fulfils all the functions any traditional VAA would offer its users: documentation of party positions and matching of a user’s positions with the political supply. Fundamentally new, however, is that the data generated enable like-minded citizens to connect and jointly act on a continent-wide level. This has never been attempted. Through social-media-linked applications, like Facebook and Twitter, they can transnationally connect with their peers. In doing so, euandi does not only contribute to increasing the understanding of the European political landscape. It also offers an invaluable opportunity for developing a European public sphere. Thus, the EUI went beyond producing a simple information-giver, in order to, for the first time in the history of VAAs, produce an enabler. Find more information about the project here.
EUDO is part of a new Erasmus academic network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe, PADEMIA. PADEMIA is a Europe-wide network of 56 academic institutions from 31 countries to promote research and teaching on parliamentary democracy in Europe. It seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, and stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today. It also aims to highlight innovative approaches and establish best practices in teaching this key issue to present and future generations of students. Find more information about PADEMIA.
The ERC research program POLCON assesses the contemporary development of European democracies and the politicization of the European integration process in the shadow of the Great Recession which started with the breakdown of Lehman Brothers in Autumn 2008 and is still ongoing. To grasp the political consequences of the economic crisis, the project proposes a combination of a comparative-static analysis of thirty European countries and a dynamic analysis of political conflict in a selected number of cases. It intends to link the study of elections to the study of political protest, covering Western, Southern, as well as Central and Eastern European countries. Read more about POLCON.