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Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union

Objective

This three-year design study will assess the feasibility of providing an infrastructure for research into citizenship, political participation, and electoral democracy in the European Union (EU). Such an infrastructure would endow the social science community with the most essential information required for a recurrent audit of the most important aspects of the electoral process in the European Union. Since elections are crucial instruments of popular control, elite accountability, and popular representation, auditing these processes is seen as good practice in a number of democracies. Such audits empirically assess the nature of electoral processes and detect challenges and threats to the quality of these processes. The infrastructure project that we propose to design focuses on data which, if not collected at the time of an election, will either be lost or will be recorded in a manner incompatible with the way in which other relevant data have been recorded, making the complete picture unavailable for future research. At the EU’s supra-national level, democratic rules and procedures are not yet well established and the institutions of multi-level governance are repeatedly renegotiated and adapted. Auditing the quality of the electoral process at the EU-level is therefore essential. Such an audit would involve the activities of parties (and candidates), mass media and voters. Scholarly evaluations of electoral processes at the EU level have been hampered until now by the lack of co-ordination in the collection of empirical information on which such evaluations are based. The current proposal seeks to change this, and to provide an infrastructure that organizes the necessary coordination and collects a comprehensive empirical database for use by the social science community interested in electoral democracy in Europe. We will investigate the infrastructure’s feasibility by means of a pilot study conducted in the context of the 2009 European Parliament elections.

Field of science

  • /social sciences
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/democracy

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE
Address
Via Dei Roccettini 9
50014 Fiesole
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 274 384,24
Administrative Contact
Serena Scarselli (Ms.)

Participants (13)

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 314 614,55
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rudi Rust (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET MANNHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 157 290
Address
Schloss
68161 Mannheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerstin Frenzel
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 128 323,15
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bridget Taylor (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sylvia Kritzinger (Prof.)
INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS SOCIAIS
Portugal
Address
Av Prof Anibal De Bettencourt 9
1600 189 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eugenia Rodrigues (Ms.)
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zsuzsanna Gabor (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 198 337,03
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 162 541,02
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enda Clarke (Dr.)
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 27 830,13
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Savage (Ms.)
SWPS UNIWERSYTET HUMANISTYCZNOSPOLECZNY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 40 339,20
Address
Ul. Chodakowska 19/31
03 815 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Agnieszka Slawska (Ms.)
WISSENSCHAFTSZENTRUM BERLIN FUR SOZIALFORSCHUNG GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 73 870,68
Address
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Claudia Buchmann (Ms.)
INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Slovakia
Address
Ba¿tová 5
81103 Bratislava
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zuzana Velkova
GESIS-LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR SOZIALWISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 22 470
Address
B2 1
68159 Mannheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Knecht