With the project "Europe's Future: Democracy & Regions", the Danube University Krems from Lower Austria wants to set decisive impulses for a new course of democratization and European integration. The five-year project is supported by two pillars that focus on Austria and the European regions. In academic, social and political debates about the future of Europe, two metatrends stand out: democracy development and regionalization. The aim of the project is to capture these metatrends, to analyze them and ultimately to translate them into the realpolitical space. The first pillar, the Austrian Democracy Lab, is devoted to the analysis of democracy, democracy and democracy in Austria, embedded in an EU-European context. In close cooperation with the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, data on the cessation of the Austrian population with regard to democracy and specific questions will be collected and analyzed. The results will then be made available to a broad public through the establishment of the "Democracy Monitor Austria" and will also be offered by academic treatment with (constitutional) proposals on the prospects of democracy and the democratic system in Austria. The second pillar, the European Democracy Lab / Regional Parliaments and the future of European democracy, is divided into a scientific and a practical part, dealing with Europe's regions and their role in the institutional system of the EU. In interventions (focus groups) with European regional and regional parliaments, practical research is to be pursued with the aim of developing European perspectives for the future together with the parliamentarians. The results of the focus groups are evaluated under the scientific direction of the Triangle network (Danube University Krems, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Jagiellonian University of Cracow) as well as the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and the European School of Governance. By generating public interest for a Europe with strong regions, the European Democracy Lab will produce concrete products of political education, including a manual, various policy and working papers, and a website with an online participation platform. In addition to their organizational anchoring at the Danube University Krems, both pillars are characterized by their reciprocity. Thus, both areas are naturally closely linked (the ADL moves empirically primarily on the microbequene of the attitudes of the inhabitants, the EDL on the meso level of the regional parliaments as institutions of European governance) and it is foreseen during the processing period that the EDL is based on the surveys and surveys Evaluations of the ADL and the results of the EDL are included in the questions of the ADL. Apart from the individual objectives, a common goal is also to be made aware of the work of the Danube University Krems by numerous publications in scientific journals and public journals as well as in the European university network.
|Duration||01/01/2018 - 31/12/2022|
|Funding||Bundesländer (inkl. deren Stiftungen und Einrichtungen)|
|Program||Stiftung Forum Morgen|
|Principle investigator for the project (Danube University Krems)||Mag. Dr. Christina Hainzl|