The research Plan

Research Plan 2023-2028 THIS

Democratic uncertainty and dynamics: understanding the notions of trust and responsibility in a time of crisis.

Three research focuses and three transversal axes.

Research focuses

Focus 1: Political Attitudes and Behaviours

Conveners: Gilles Ivaldi & Romain Lachat

Kevin Arceneaux - Daniel Boy - Bruno Cautrès - Roland Cayrol - Jean Chiche - Elisabeth Dupoirier - Martial Foucault - Gilles Ivaldi -  Romain Lachat - Janine Mossuz-Lavau - Anne Muxel - Pascal Perrineau - Henri Rey - Dominique Reynié - Luc Rouban - Mariette Sineau

Focus 2: Institutional Responses and Dynamics

Conveners:  Olivier Costa & Patrick Le Bihan

Reflection on this theme specifically focuses on institutional dynamics linked to anthropological changes currently at work: the digitisation of society, transnational environmental challenges and the politicisation of the living world.


Martine Barthélémy Elie Cohen - Olivier Costa - Serge Galam - Guy Groux - Éric Kerrouche - Zaki Laïdi -  Patrick Le Bihan Lou Safra -Virginie Tournay -Thierry Vedel Jean Viard

Focus 3: Political Theory

Conveners:  Alexandre Escudier & Samuel Hayat

Ever since its creation, the study of political ideas has played a central role at CEVIPOF. Three major themes can be discerned in current research concentrations:

· The question of democratic procedures, i.e. ways in which the ideal of power exercised by the people for the people can be institutionalised.

· The question of citizenship and, in particular, of the crisis in classic conceptions of citizenship and more critical citizen engagement.

· The question of "being a society": a national culture, common values, intermediary bodies, the sense of justice.


Gil Delannoi - Jean-Marie Donegani - Alexandre Escudier - Frédéric Gros - Samuel Hayat - Lucien Jaume - Annabelle Lever - Janie Pelabay - Bernard Reber - Réjane Sénac - Pierre-André Taguieff


1- Emotions - Affects - Democracy The study of emotions and political passions is playing an increasingly significant role in the way in which political attitudes and behaviours are understood. What new roles do the emotions and affects play? In what way is the emergence of an ‘affective’ citizen intertwined with the broadening of forms of political expression and behaviour? The objective here is to study the effect of emotions on citizenship.

2- Trust Legitimacy and trust are essential concepts for political philosophy and political science, relative to acceptance of political institutions and power as a result of consent rather than coercion. The question of trust spans the different concentrations at the centre: from a political point of view, what does an increased level of political distrust entail? Can democracy function with a low level of trust in the mechanisms that breathe life into it?

3- Methodological Issues

The 2023-2028 research plan continues to include the study of political reality, drawing on a wide range of methods and a plurality of approaches to do so.

The objective is threefold:

- To encourage joint research work and dialogue among the different concentrations at the centre;

- To pursue the aim of ensuring that research carried out at the centre is present in international research networks, all the while assuming the historical status of CEVIPOF as a major centre for French Politics at an international level; - To broaden the range of research topics beyond these three crosscutting plans.

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