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Bridging the gap between public opinion and European leadership: Engaging a dialogue on the future path of Europe.

Objective

The goal of the EUENGAGE Project is twofold: first, to inquire into the current tensions between supranational EU governance and popular mobilisation at the national level, critically questioning EU-driven policies and EU legitimacy; and second, to propose remedial actions based on sound empirical research on the relationship between public opinion, national and supranational political elites. The medium to long-term evolutionary trend of the EU system of supranational governance has already in the past given rise to a manifestation of problems. It has become clear that the pace of integration proposed from the top, and some side-effects of integration—austerity, transnational redistribution, economic insecurity, immigration—are difficult to accept for large parts of Europe’s citizens. This misalignment is obviously a crucial issue for any system of governance that aims - as the European Union has repeatedly affirmed - to be inspired by democratic principles.
The EUENGAGE project takes seriously the present state of affairs and identifies in the conflicting messages emanating from the functioning of political representation a critical and urgent problem for the future of the EU. The EUENGAGE proposes to set up an interactive, dynamic, multilevel and replicable quasi-experimental research design. Using a variety of instruments and techniques, this design will allow us not only to study the process of representation in vivo, but also to test experimentally how innovative and efficient interactions between citizens and politicians can increase citizens’ awareness of the common problems of the Union, and the ability of the European leadership to respond innovatively to the discontent of public opinion.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/quantitative analysis
  • /social sciences/sociology/social issues/unemployment
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history
  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/human migration
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /humanities/languages and literature/linguistics/phonetics

Call for proposal

H2020-EURO-SOCIETY-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA
Address
Via Banchi Di Sotto 55
53100 Siena
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 751 500

Participants (6)

STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 381 058
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET MANNHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 262 500
Address
Schloss
68161 Mannheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 211 075
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDATIA MRC - MEDIAN RESEARCH CENTRE
Romania
EU contribution
€ 112 500
Address
Str Erou Ion Calin 3 Et 1 Sector 2
020531 Bucuresti
Activity type
Other
KANTAR BELGIUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 729 500
Address
Rue Du Marais 49-53/3
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA UNITELMA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 48 500
Address
Viale Regina Elena 295
00161 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments