Parliaments Beyond the State
Can parliaments contribute to democratic and legitimate governance in the European Union and international organizations? When and why can we expect political actors to realize the democratic potential that parliaments might have? If they do, what are the political consequences?
What explains institutional continuity and change in the EU? Can and should the EU be reformed to engage effectively and legitimately with the interests and capacities of the member states, neighbouring countries, and the multiple policy challenges Europe faces? How does democratic backsliding among member states affect the EU, and how can and should the EU respond?
Democratic Backsliding & Autocratization
What explains, and what can prevent, democratic backsliding and autocratization in Europe? What goals do backsliding governments pursue in the EU and other international arenas? Under what conditions can the EU constrain backsliding and autocratization in its member states and beyond? And how do the domestic opponents of democratic backsliding interact with European arenas and actors?
This line of research examines the implications of technological change and, specifically, the Internet. Does the Internet empower new actors and arenas, such as companies, experts, regulatory organizations, or multistakeholder governance?