Redefining the Transatlantic Relationship and its Role in Shaping Global Governance

Research question/goal: 

This project seeks to redefine the transatlantic relationship in the evolving international system and its role in the building of a viable, effective and accountable global governance architecture, as well as to elaborate robust policy recommendations. By combining an inter-disciplinary analysis of transatlantic relations, including in-depth interviews, elite surveys and sophisticated Delphi exercises, the project will take stock of the current state of transatlantic relations with regard to economic, security, environmental, and democracy/human rights issues.Mannheim is mainly responsible for the design, implementation and analysis of elite surveys in the EU and the U.S. and for Delphi exercises with external experts from the EU and the U.S., from key transatlantic partners such as Turkey and Canada, as well as from each of the four BRIC countries. The elite surveys will add a substantive amount of empirical evidence that integrates research based on other sources. The aim of the Delphi exercises is to confirm areas of convergence and their ensuing policy recommendations, as well as minimise areas of divergence and elaborate new recommendations on this basis.

Current stage: 

Field work for the “Transworld Elites Survey” (TES) ended in February 2014. In total, 2014 elite members (political, social, business) in the United States and six European countries (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Poland, Greece) were interviewed. Survey results were presented in a briefing of members of the European External Action Service and of Commission services working on transatlantic relations (1 July, 2014). Furthermore, a first step for preparing the online delphis has already taken by identifying adequate participants in the United States, European Union member countries, Turkey and Canada, and in each of the four BRIC countries. The Delphi interviewing is scheduled for spring 2015.

Fact sheet

2012 to 2015
Data Sources: 
Survey data, Delphi
Geographic Space: