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 .
eu and i 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 not only contributes 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. The data gathered by this project will remain dynamic and continue to produce further connections between citizens. This possibly largest public opinion measurement tool will continue attracting scholars analyzing group formation, political mobilization and partisan adaptation. It could be easily implemented elsewhere, for instance in the US Presidential or Congressional elections of 2016.
The project is led by Prof. Alexander H. Trechsel at the European University Institute, in close cooperation with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, directed by Prof. Urs Gasser.
Apart from the conceptualisation and the technical development of the application, so-called “Country Teams” were responsible for researching and ‘coding’ the political parties featured in the tool, as well as carrying out the groundwork that makes this tool possible. The project featured 28 country teams (one per EU country) including over 100 political scientists at the doctoral or post-doctoral level. Most of them are currently affiliated with the European University Institute. Furthermore, the project could count on an impressive International Advisory Board consisting of more than 40 world-leading political scientists from both Europe and Northern America.
euandi was launched in April 2014.
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