Willingness and Capacity for EU Policy Action in Turbulent Times: Conflicts, Positions and Outcomes 


Project summary

The European Union (EU) faces pressing demands to act in major policy areas amid public contestation of supranational governance. Our interdisciplinary project seeks to explain and facilitate responsive and effective policy reforms by increasing knowledge about the willingness and capacity for EU integration in specific policy areas. We study the conditions under which the EU institutions seek to increase or decrease EU policy competences, when their positions respond to public demands across and within member states, and under what conditions each institution manages to assert its position in the policy-making processes. We further investigate how the institutions’ positions and capacity to steer the course of European integration across policy areas are reshaped by increased EU politicization and associated shifts in institutional identities, internal disunity and switch from formal political to informal technocratic procedures of policy-making. Public opinion surveys, party manifestos and speech data from European and national parliaments will serve to capture citizen, party and government preferences over the transfer of competences from the national to the EU level across policy areas. We examine under what conditions and to what extent these preferences determine the positions of EU institutions, policy proposals and adopted legislation with respect to the level of competence transfer to the EU, using cutting-edge methods for computational text analysis. These findings serve to develop recommendations about innovation in policy and institutional design that can address pressing challenges and enjoy public acceptance in member states and among their citizens.


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23/02/2024:  📢 LU and WU teams joint paper accepted for publication in West European Politics  📢

15/02/2024:  📢 LU and SU teams present two project papers at Norface Governance final conferences in Vienna  📢

12/04/2024:  📢 ParlEE Plenary V4 out now with sentence-level classifications for 28 European legislatures   📢

05/05/2023:  📢 ParlEE Plenary V3 out now with sentence-level classifications for 20 European legislatures   📢

14/02/2023:  📢 ParlEE Plenary V2 out now with sentence-level classifications for 14 European legislatures   📢

09/09/2022:  📢 ParlEE Plenary V1 has been released with plenary speeches for 8 European parliaments   📢

15/07/2022:  📢 Come see the LU team present a fascinating poster on machine learning in Social Science at #ESOF 2022  

 Project Consortium

The project EUINACTION is financially supported by the NORFACE Joint Research Programme on Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age and co-funded by DFG, ESRC, NWO, and the European Commission through Horizon 2020 under grant agreement No 822166.


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