Objectives of the project:
The EUComMeet project explores under which conditions deliberation and representation can be an effective “response to the challenges besetting liberal representative democracies.” To do so, EUComMeet (a) experiments ways of systematically embedding deliberative practices and institutions in the multilevel system of governance and representation of the European Union; and (b) explores how deliberation and participation can help reduce polarisation, strengthen European identity, encourage inclusiveness, foster citizens’ reflectivity and narrow the representative gap between policymakers and citizens.
Research within the framework of the project at the University of Stuttgart:
The research team from the University of Stuttgart will provide a comprehensive dataset of designed deliberation in Europe. The database will be built using the Participedia platform (participedia.net) and other data sources. The team will equally analyze selected cases of deliberative events with the help of knowledgeable observers. This analysis will be bolstered by a re-examination of micro-level data from Europolis. Finally, the team will design and conduct survey experiments in five countries (France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland) to assess citizens’ legitimacy perceptions regarding deliberative designs in a broad context of political representation and decision-making. The research team is complemented by Patrick Scully (Participedia) and Mark Warren (University of British Columbia, Vancouver).