#EUElections2019: one year to go

A Europe Direct-Siena initiative (in Italian) – Open to the public

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28 May 2018 h 10 Aula Magna storica – Rettorato

Dibattito “Verso le elezioni europee del 2019”

Partecipano i Prof. Daniele Pasquinucci (Università di Siena),

Prof. Luca Verzichelli Università di Siena & EUReACT Staff)

& l’Europarlamentare Laura Agea (Movimento 5 Stelle)


LAB on Elites’ attitudes and behavior 21 & 25 May 2018

SAVE the DATES: 21/5 h 13-16 Room 4 & 25/5 h 16-18 Room 3B at Presidio Mattioli

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and German chancellor Angela MerkelAn Introdution about How the European Parliament works will be given. Then, MEPs behaviour & activism will be examined making practical use of existing archives.

Lectures by Simone Cresti & Paolo Marzi (from the EUReACT Staff).

Event in Florence: 11 May 2018

A Citizens Dialogue on The Future of Cohesion policy beyond 2020 has been organized by the Tuscany Region & the Comittee of the Regions (CoR). Together with the Coordinator, a selected group of EUReACT students will take part to this Event 2018.

LAB on Public Opinion Survey Data: students from two different MA Courses are attending the session

This morning 4 May h 11-13 at Presidio Mattioli Prof. Francesco Olmastroni introduced the Laboratory on Public Opinion Survey Data, this year attended by two different classes of students: the first group comes from the Master Course in International Sciences/European Studies (Department of Political and International Sciences); the second group is enrolled in the Master in Public and Cultural Diplomacy (Department of Social, political and Cognitive Sciences). Next meeting will be on Friday 11 May h 11-13.

Crucial points emphasized during the 1st LAB session:

  • How to judge survey data: Are they reliable enough?
  • Random or probability strategies
  • The experimental design
  • Preparing and testing the questionnaire
  • Developing data analysis: the “codebook-coding-dataset” relation


The Elite Module: Lectures 2018 of Prof. Luca Verzichelli now scheduled

SAVE THE DATES: 10/5 h 18-20 (Room 6) & 11/5 h 16-18 (Room 3A)

A short introduction to Elite studies in comparative politics, with a particular focus on the European scenario, will be given. The following topics will be covered: 1) the analysis of “positional study of political elites”: social profiles, modes of selection and career patterns of contemporary ruling elites in Europe; 2) the analysis of “attitudinal study of political elites”: role orientation, normative values and the question of the elite-mass gap; 3) the study of the processes of elite selection and leader selection in the contemporary democracies; 4) methodological issues in the study of contemporary political elites. Studying the elites via political discourse, documentary data, social media.

Two seminars with Dr. PhD Gianni del Panta are also planned:

4/5 h 16-18 (Room 3A) Regime Change. Democracy and Democratization
16/5 h 18-20 (Room TBA) Autocracies after Autocracies

For further information write to eureact@unisi.it

Next seminar session about Public opinion’s attitudes & the EU in hard times: 2-3 May

Encouraged by Prof. Paolo Bellucci, students have explored the potential sources of a European identity, compared to the national ones. An assessment of the many factors that can sustain or hinder the development of such a European identification among citizens of EU member states was developed.

To what extent identity and citizenship attitudes are important determinants of people’s overall evaluations of EU integration will be explored by students during the seminar session on 2 May (h 17-19) & 3 May (h 9-11) at Presidio Mattioli. Presentions by students are going to be organized on a list of given topics. Enroll yourselves as a working group!



Disenchantment with the EU?.. What do European citizens think?

On 16 April 2018 the EUReACT module about Public opinion attitudes towards EU membership and policies starts.

The first 2 meetings are with Prof. Francesco Olmastroni: 16/4 h 13-15 (Room 3A) & 17/4 h 15-17 (Room M).

Then Prof. Paolo Bellucci follows: 18/4 h 17-19 & 19/4 h 9-11 (Room 3B).

The session will be concluded with the Laboratory on Public Opinion survey data: 4/5 & 11/5 h 11-13 (Aula L).


Save the dates!


Great presentations during the first wave of WGs’ feedback (23/3/2018)

Claims to EU legitimacy have been examined (WG1): electoral democracy vs. policy effectiveness? Can they come together? Evidences from the the eurocrisis have been taken into consideration.

Furthermore, WG2 has introduced the role political parties could play in order to mitigate citizens’ disconnection to EU politics.

WGs started to meet: Take part & discuss issues about democracy in the EU

19/3 h 13-15 & 20/3/2018 h 15-17 Working groups prepare class discussion

23/3 h 11-13 & 26/3/2018 h 13-15 Students presentations and class discussion


Examples of TOPICS:

To what extent the “Better regulation” agenda is a way through which the European Commission has tried to enhance the legitimacy of EU policies? What does it obstacle the development of a more likely transnational party system? How do NPs actively contribute to the democratic functioning of the EU?…

If you want to ADD QUESTIONS, contribute to the debate sending an email to eureact@unisi.it