EGPP’s main research activity is organized around a number of core research projects housed in and led from the programme, sometimes in collaboration with international research institutions. In addition, the programme includes external hosted projects of international research institutions and other EUI research units relevant for EGPP’s research themes. Currently, EGPP runs numerous projects on how European governance structures address the Covid-19 emergency through various policies and the impact of the health crisis on European politics, economy and society.
Rebuilding governance and resilience out of the pandemic (REGROUP) is a Horizon Europe funded project running from 2022 to 2025. Its main objective is to provide the European Union with a body of actionable advice on how to rebuild post- pandemic governance and public policies in an effective and democratic way, as well as mapping the socio-political dynamics and consequences of Covid-19 and an offering an empirically-informed normative evaluation of the pandemic.
EP Election Results at Constituency Level
This project aims at collecting all results for the elections to the European Parliament since its first direct election in 1979 at the level of single constituencies for all member states. The project includes a full documentation on party names, electoral systems and changes in constituencies. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Constituency-Level Data Archive, of which Daniele Caramani is a founding co-director.
European Parliament Political Groups and European Integration
The Alcide de Gasperi Research Center (ADGRC) has completed a project on the European People’s Party, tracing the group’s institutional, organisational and political trajectory in the EP, focusing on the period after the first direct elections in 1979. The research followed an interdisciplinary approach based on history, political science, and political sociology methods. In collaboration with the EGPP, the ADGRC is extending this research to other groups of the European Parliament, for a better understanding of the European party system.
The Europolitan Papers
TThe Europolitan Papers are a set of 15 papers meant to start a discussion among academics, policy-makers and practitioners. They explore how the EU could seize the opportunity presented by the current ‘compound crisis’ of multiple dimensions by proposing a set of reforms that would gradually and incrementally change it into a trans-national and post-liberal polity with its own resources and democratic legitimacy.
The Politics of Technocratic Governance in Europe
This project investigates the politics of technocratic governance in Europe in the context of its challenge to representative democracy and its role as a corrective to the populist delegitimation of elites, expertise and pluralism. At the same time, it addresses the tension between supra-national technocratic governance and national democratic politics in the European multi-level structure. A focus on actors at the level of citizens, parties and institutions allows to analyse the politics of who supports, for what reasons and through which means technocratic governance.
EUI-YouGov ‘Solidarity in Europe’ project
Since 2018, the EUI and YouGov are monitoring the development of Solidarity in Europe through a representative, large-N annual survey. The latest version of the survey, covering now 16 EU member states and the UK, was conducted in April 2022 and includes questions on the war in Ukraine. As in the four earlier renditions of the survey (2018, 2019, 2002, 2021), it explores how support for European solidarity varies by issue, instrument and by member state. The project produces high-level research outputs, and will replicate and expand the survey in the upcoming years.
DiCE – Differentiation: Clustering Excellence
Differentiation: Clustering Excellence (DiCE) is a Horizon2020-funded project, which started in January 2020 and will run for three years. Its main objective is to ensure that state-of-the-art research on differentiation is translated into policy advice and made accessible to policy-makers at European, national and regional levels. The ultimate goal is to better prepare the EU for various scenarios of differentiated integration.
TRANSNATIONAL seeks to explain the intensity of polarization in Western societies on immigration, international governance, climate change. It combines insights from political cleavage theory, identity theory, and social networks to examine the sources and consequences of transnational polarization through surveys, natural experiments, and interviews. The research is funded by a five-year advanced ERC grant #885026 to Liesbet Hooghe. TRANSNATIONAL was kicked off in January 2021. Project leaders are Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks.
EU Macro-economic Coordination and its (De)legitimation in the EU’s Parliamentary Space
The EU recovery fund has already been praised as a major step of European integration. Yet, it might pose negative consequences for representative democracy in the EU, as it only marginally associates the European Parliament with the implementation of the scheme while affording the European Commission an even stronger influence over the budgetary competences of domestic parliaments. This project examines the degree to which discourse and practices about financial solidarity and the democratic legitimacy of macroeconomic coordination in the EU have been shared and contested among domestic parliamentary actors in Germany and France during the Eurozone and Covid-19 crises.
Narrating Covid-19: How Europe as Union Fares
The aim of this comparative study is analyse how ‘Europe’ and the ‘EU’ featured in the extraordinary voluminous narrative about Covid-19 in a selected number of seven Member States and at the EU level, since Covid-19 became the dominant issue facing the EU and its member states in a very short time frame. The research question is threefold: How was Europe and the EU framed during the crisis in the national context? How did the EU collectively sought to frame its own role during the crisis? How did domestic actors sought to influence public opinion in other member states during the crisis?
The text analysis will cover the acute phase of the pandemics (Februarly-July 2020) and will consist in a mix of automated text analysis tools (Structural Topic Models) and manual coding, which will result – in addition to the comparative output – to one report per country.
Project leaders: Brigid Laffan, Tobias Widmann, Anja Thomas and Lorenzo Cicchi