Evaluation of Democracy Research Group (EvalDem)

The research group "Evaluation of Democracy" (EvalDem) aims to provide an interdisciplinary, comparative and innovative evaluation of the democratic character of the public policy production process. Its work is organised around two themes. 
The first, which focuses on democratic institutions and the way they operate, aims to assess the impact of institutional reforms and the development of democratic tools that can change the way citizens perceive and interact with institutions in general. It is particularly interested in issues of representation, electoral process, and political influence, notably via the media.
The second focuses on the place of citizens in the development of public policies. More specifically, it seeks to assess the extent to which citizens’ opinions are considered in the various stages of the public policy cycle: the definition of public policy issues, the development of public policies and their evaluation. Among these questions, a specific place is given to those linked to the development of participatory democracy and the articulation between experts, non-expert citizens, and political agenda. In addition, specific attention is being paid to the issue of evaluating citizens' preferences in all their diversity, from an interdisciplinary methodological perspective.

Associated research projects

Ongoing projects

Déterminants Sociaux des Décisions de Justice Pénale (SoDeJuPe)

La déontologie parlementaire : usages et effets d’un nouveau régime de probité (PolEthics) (2022)

Inclusive Democracies? Conceptualising and Measuring the Descriptive and Substantive Political Representation of Under-represented Groups in Democratic Parliaments (InclusiveParl) (2021)

Public opinion, democratic accountability and evaluation of defence: towards a new comparative research agenda (OPIDEF) (2020) 

The mechanics and determinants of anti-science attitudes : a litterature review (2020)

Study of the characteristics of candidates in general elections in the United Kingdom since 1918 (2019)

Finished projects

Evaluating Anti-Corruption Policies (2017, 2019)

Ethnicity and Policy : Ethnic Group Identity, Political Competition and Policies Outcomes in Europe - ETHPOL (2017)

Independence and Quality of Mass Media in the Internet Age - MIRAGE (2017)

Etat de la démocratie (2017)

The use of digital technology to Assess the Impact of Parliament on the Lawmaking Process (2016)

Reception and Judgement of Socio Fiscal and Symbolic Policies (2016)

Evaluating the Impact of the July 2008 Constitutional Reform (2015 and 2016)

Evaluation de l'efficacité des aides à la presse (2015)

Who Owns the Media? Capital, Governance and Independence (2015)

Systèmes électoraux : quel impact, quelles régulations ? (2015)

Policy Agreement and Political Support (2015)

« Symbolitique » - How to evaluate political symbols? (2015)

New Perspectives on Institutional Change (2015)

The Dualization of Europe (2015)

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)

Baromètre des priorités politiques (2014-2017)

2014 Chapel Hill Expert Survey Data (2014)

Policy evaluation, media dissemination and public perception of government performance (2013)

Voting and public policies – elections 2012 (2013)

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