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"Evaluation of Democracy" Research Group (EvalDem)
Evaluation practices are now widely used to assess the functioning of democratic systems in charge of public policy implementation. In France such practices exist, but they are still underdeveloped. Through the “Evaluation of Democracy” research group, LIEPP aims to provide an interdisciplinary, comparative and innovative assessment of the democratic process leading to the implementation of public policies. The research will also investigate whether political responsibility - a cornerstone of representative democracy through the interaction between citizen-users and decision-makers - is actually implemented in contemporary democracies, and especially in France. Finally, an inventory of institutional and democratic evaluation activities in France will be created in order to facilitate a well-informed discussion of the functioning and state of our democratic system.
As an example of some of the data on which EvalDem work depends, you can review the Chapel Hill Experts Survey (CHES) data. Assistant Professor and EvalDem affiliate, Jan Rovny, is a principal investigator to the CHES project. Specific EvalDem publications have used the CHES data, for example, in evaluating the role of ethnic minority politics on the formation of democratic party systems in Eastern Europe, as well as in assessing the impact of immigration on party competition in Eastern Europe. Ongoing EvalDem projects are using the CHES data to estimate political responses to the economic crisis in Europe.
Associated research projects :
- Long-term Evaluation of Public Policies: An Historical Investigation Into Colonial Policies in French Western Africa and its Impacts on Modern Political Attitudes and Intra-state Conflicts (2015)
- Evaluating the Impact of the July 2008 Constitutional Reform (2015, renewed 2016)
The research group recent events:
- Impromptu : débat autour du livre "Pourquoi détestons-nous autant nos politiques"
- Approaches to Understanding the Quality of Legislation
- Réévaluer le Parlement ? La révision constitutionnelle du 23 juillet 2008 à l’épreuve du temps
- Strengthening Parliaments through Institutional Engineering
- Seminar : Philipp Harfst (Universität Greifswald Institut für Politik) - Strategic Voting in Two-vote Elections (12 March 2015)
Publications of the Research Group: