Project

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Fighting together, moving apart? European common defense and shared security in an age of Brexit and Trump

Initiative: Challenges for Europe
Allocation: Jul 4, 2018
Period of funding: 3 Years

Project information

The project strives to examine the dynamic relationship between elites and masses in policy-making about common defense in the multi-level European system. Two overarching questions lie at the heart of the project: what and how do elites and European mass publics think about greater (European) defense, security, and military integration? More specifically, the project wants to achieve the following objectives: (1) study what mass publics and security elites understand by "common defense", (2) estimate the level of public support or opposition to a vast array of possible forms of defense integration across Europe, including assessing support for some form of European military, (3) explore differences in citizen perceptions and preferences across regions within the EU, (4) identify individual-level values, predispositions, attitudes, and demographic factors that shape support or opposition to defense integration, (5) examine how elite cues, social cues, and real-world events affect defense integration attitudes, (6) analyze the interplay of media content, individual media exposure, and mass opinion towards European defense and security integration, and (7) evaluate how (and how accurately) elites perceive mass opinion toward European defense and security integration, and vice versa. The project combines qualitative (elite interviews) and quantitative research (surveys with embedded experiments and media content analysis) to examine what factors affect European security policy preferences. The primary focus lies on France, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain, four countries that will play important roles in European defense integration.

Project participants

  • Prof. Dr. Harald Schoen

    Universität Mannheim
    Mannheimer Zentrum für
    Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES)
    Mannheim

  • Prof. Dr. Pierangelo Isernia

    Università degli Studi di Siena
    Department of Social, Political and
    Cognitive Science
    Siena
    Italy

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Scotto

    University of Strathclyde
    Government and Public Policy
    Politics
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom

  • Prof. Dr. Jean Joana

    University of Montpellier I
    Political Science
    Montpellier Cedex 2
    France

  • Dr. Catarina Thomson

    University of Exeter
    Department of Politics
    Exeter
    United Kingdom

  • Prof. Dr. Martial Foucault

    Science Po
    Political Science
    CEVIPOF (UMR CNRS 7048)
    Paris
    France

  • Dr. Filip Ejdus

    University of Belgrade
    Faculty of Political Sciences
    Belgrade
    Serbia

  • Dr. Bogdan Mihai Radu

    Universitatea Babes-Bolyai
    Faculty of Political, Administrative
    Department of Political Science
    and Communication Sciences (FSPAC)
    Cluj-Napoca
    Romania

  • Dr. Matthias Mader

    Universität Mannheim
    Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften
    Fachbereich Politikwissenschaft
    Lehrstuhl für Politische Psychologie
    Mannheim

  • Dr. Theresa Kuhn

    University of Amsterdam (UvA)
    Afdeling Politicologie
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands

  • Dr. Seiki Tanaka

    University of Amsterdam (UvA)
    Political Science
    Political Economy and Transnational Governance
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands

  • Prof. Dr. Jason Reifler

    University of Exeter
    Politics
    Exeter
    United Kingdom

  • Prof. Dr. Stephanie Hofmann

    The Graduate Institute of International
    and Development Studies
    International Relations and Political Science
    Geneva
    Switzerland

  • Dr. Catherine Hoeffler

    Université catholique de Lille
    European School of Political and Social Sciences
    Lille
    France