EUReACT focuses on actors and processes of multilevel democratic representation. EU democratic legitimacy and accountability in the interplay amongst supranational integration, national sovereignty and local autonomy are especially examined.
In times of crisis and austerity, conflicting ways of representing Europe as supranational governance have increasingly attracted public attention and provoked mounting politicisation of Europe, Euro-criticism and rising mistrust of public opinion. The EU has acquired a great and unprecedented domestic visibility as an actor directly involved in overcoming economic distress in a number of member states, not without contradictions.
Against this backdrop of risks for European integration, EUReACT offers multifaceted and empirical knowledge about one of the most critical and necessary element in the feasible consolidation of a closer, even if differentiated, EU: the notion of a multinational and integrated elite of representatives and, linked to this, the concrete possibilities for interlocking channels of political representation and a plurality of actors to experience democracy at the supranational level.
Lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions are organized to foster debate, information exchange, as well as the development of ideas among professors, young researchers, students and policy makers. Such an interactive teaching style is enriched by events and deliverables intended to activate a larger public, citizens and professionals.
By experiential learning EUReAct pursues a deeper awareness about EU democratic polity making and active European citizenship.
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