New LABS now ready!

The LAB session 2017 is going to start. Please consider the following dates:

LABORATORY ON PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY DATA (F. Olmastroni): 12/5 h 14-17 (Aula 5)

Participants learn how to search data about citizens’ attitudes & the EU.

Surveys realized by the LAPS at the University of Siena & opportunities for students are also illustrated.


LABORATORY ON MEPs BEHAVIOUR (S. Cresti): 17/5 h 14-17 (Aula 6) & 19/5 h 14-16 (Aula 5)

Participants learn how to search & analyse data about the activities of the members of the EP.

CIRCaP archives are presented on a selection of EU-related policy issues.

Tutorial seminar 4th Meeting: USING THE CODEBOOK

How to filter EU-salient Tweets and content-analyse the discourse of political leaders? A codebook has been presented to students and shared among participants in the Tutorial seminar research session.

Key questions: can we confirm that leaders belonging to the political mainstream tweet less about the EU than leaders in the eurosceptic groups? to what extent do national political leaders mention other EU countries/leaders in their tweets? which issues provoke more discussion and which are the most retweeted/favourite  EU-related ashtags?

Next meeting: 26 May h 11-13 Aula 3A

Cycle of lectures on “Public opinion & the EU” continues…

Prof. Paolo Bellucci devotes attention to public opinion’s reactions to the economic crisis.
  • LECTURES on 19/4 h 17-19 (Aula 6) & 20/4 h 11-13 (Aula 5)
After that, the determinants of people’s perceptions towards the EU and how these have acquired a strong unprecedented partisan polarization are investigated through
  • SEMINARS on 3/5 h 17-19 (Aula 6) & 4/5 h 11-13 (Aula 5)

Upcoming sessions before the Easter break

  • POLITICAL ELITES: After the first Seminar on Democratization and failure at the European Border. Case studies from the Mediterranean area (4/4 h 17-19), Dr. PhD Gianni del Panta (Università di Siena) still meets students to discuss about A decline of democracy? A world view: 11/4 h 17-19 (Aula 7)
  • PUBLIC OPINION: Lectures about theoretical and empirical conceptualizations of public opinion and possible interlinks with EU politics start with Dr. PhD Francesco Olmastroni (Università di Siena): 10/4 h 13-15 (Aula 3A) & 13/4 h 11-13 (Aula 5)


Issues on European Elites discussed by Prof. Luca Verzichelli

The recent literature concerning the crisis of representative democracy in Europe and the role of political elites are covered, in particular dealing with: the analysis of the political and social profile of contemporary ruling elite in Europe; the problems of selection of the elite and the accountability of the leaders; the increasing variance among contemporary party elites in the European Elite System.

30/3 h 11-13 & 31/3/2017 h 11-13, Presidio Mattioli