Redefining the Transatlantic Relationship and its Role in Shaping Global Governance
The 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 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.
In 2013, the main focus of the project was on drafting the questionnaire for the elite survey. The questionnaire was based on existing transatlantic mass and elite surveys on the one hand. And, on the other hand, in-depth research results of the project were integrated into the survey draft. The elite survey was in the field from September 2013 until December 2013 in six European countries (Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain, Poland, and Greece) and in the U.S. Additionally, European Commission officials were interviewed. With almost 2,000 respondents the survey is one of the largest elite samples ever interviewed.