European Election Study 2014

Research question/goal: 

The quality of democracy in the European Union is constantly being questioned, generally with very little supporting evidence. Those who would defend the functioning of democratic institutions in the EU are equally short of supporting evidence. Assessments of the way democracy works in the EU and suggestions for improvements are only possible on the basis of audits of the quality of electoral democracy at the time of European Parliament (EP) elections. Such assessments have so far been conducted only in an ad hoc fashion, with precarious funding that has hindered full assessments on all occasions. The 2009 study is a notable exception in that regard, and we are confident that the 2014 study will be judged similarly by the community of scholars. The 2014 study consists of several sub-projects: one is a representative post-election survey in all 28 EU member countries; another one is a two-wave panel survey in a subgroup of 12 countries, for which one panel wave is conducted immediately after the EP election and the other after the subsequent first-order election; third comes a survey among candidates standing for office in the different member countries; fourth is a party manifesto study covering all relevant parties in all member countries; fifth is media campaign study; and sixth and finally comes a new social media communication study.

Current stage: 

We are currently still in the stage of completion and integration of the data from the two-wave online panel survey. Furthermore, we are compiling a metadatabase for the Twitter communication ahead of the European Parliament election of 2014. Key results were published in leading European journals. Currently, we are preparing an ECPR conference contribution on ’The changing relationship between ideological dimensions and party positions on European integration’ based on the Euromanifesto dataset 1979-2014.

Fact sheet

Funding: 
EU, Foundations VW, Riksbanken, Mercator, Gulbenkian
Duration: 
2012 to 2018
Status: 
completed
Data Sources: 
Surveys and content analyses of political texts
Geographic Space: 
European Union

Publications