The European Governance and Politics Programme (EGPP) is an international hub of theoretical and empirical academic research on Europe’s politics and governance. Located in the Villa Schifanoia, home of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, the programme is committed to combining solid theoretical foundations to analyse the interaction between European integration and national politics with rigorous empirical analysis based on extensive data collection.

Launched in 2018, EGPP was established as the successor programme to the European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO), which positioned the Schuman Centre and the EUI at the forefront of research on the EU since its creation in 2006. In 2020, Daniele Caramani was appointed Ernst B. Haas Chair in European Governance and Politics, and in this capacity took over the directorship of EGPP from Brigid Laffan, who has been founding director between 2018 and 2020.

Research on Europe

EGPP brings together academic research on European national politics and European integration. It covers both politics and governance perspectives and combines a strong focus on theory with extensive empirical research. The programme joins up research on mass behaviour and elites and actors, in particular parties, movements and the media in the electoral and policy-making processes.

European politics and governance are analysed through the lens of broad fault lines that divide Europe territorially and functionally: between groups of states, between centralizing policies and national resistances, between socio-economic classes and other dimensions cutting across national borders, and between countries with different levels of integration. Analysis also includes the multi-level divide between the supra-national EU technocratic push for integration, and the demarcating populist resistance from nation-states – both challenging representative government and raising questions about the future of democracy in Europe. The transformation of European politics is addressed in a long-term perspective reaching back to the founding moments of nation-states and European integration.

EGPP facilitates the EUI’s research on European politics and governance and develops co-operation with other world-leading research programmes on Europe. It builds a forum for researchers to share theoretical and analytical perspectives and broaden research networks. It encourages EUI researchers to join with projects on Europe, including PhD proposals and various fellowships offered by the EUI.

Find out about the theoretical perspectives in our Theoretical Framework page.

Grants and Projects

The core of EGPP’s research activities is supported by research projects financed by a variety of funding agencies at national and EU level. It also hosts external and collaborative projects.

Learn more about EGPP’s Projects here.

Publications and Datasets

Research at EGPP fosters the publication of books, working papers, reports, policy briefs and journal articles. In addition, EGPP constitutes a platform for a number of key datasets to support research on European politics.

See EGPP’s Publications and datasets page.


Regular events include the EGPP Annual Conference and the EGPP Seminar Series on Wednesdays at 12.30-2pm at which Research Seminars, Book Presentations, the Seminars of the European Union Working Group and the Conversations for the Future of Europe take place. Aside from these regular events, EGPP holds workshops, debates and conferences organized within the various projects and covering the topics specific to their research.

Visit our Events page for more information on upcoming and past events.

Members of EGPP

Aside from the Director, Coordinator and Team, research at EGPP is animated by Associates and Fellows who engage in research, lead the projects as recipients of grants, organize workshops and conferences, and participate to events. Associates lead core projects, both as project leaders and by engaging in fundamental empirical and theoretical research on European politics and governance at EGPP. Fellows are regular visitors and participants to EGPP’s activities, collaborators in core projects, or leaders of external projects. The EUI’s PhD researchers are closely involved in EGPP’s activities.

More information about the members of EGPP can be found at our People page.

Public Engagement

The programme fosters engagement with the political and policy world outside academia through various dissemination initiatives: co-organized events, public lectures, policy briefs and op-eds in blogs and the press, and by reaching out to civil society and the public sphere through digital media and social networks.

Learn more about public engagements on our Multimedia page.

International Connections

EGPP acts as a hub on which research initiatives around the world converge through collaboration on projects, organization of common events and collaborative publications.

See our Network here.