Zac Greene

EUinAction


EUinAction is a collaborative project between PIs, Nikoleta Yordanova (University of Leiden), Goran Glavas (University of Mannheim), and Zachary Greene (University of Strathclyde) seeking to understand competing demands for policy integration in the European Union using apporaches derived from computer science for natural language processing of political texts and machine learning. The Strathclyde sub-project will focus on using speeches from national parliaments to understand domestic demands for political reforms at the EU level. The project will be hiring a post-doctoral researcher to start on the project in Fall 2020 and is renewable up to  years.


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Come join the project! Application and additional information available here.


Project Summary:

Global financial, migration, security and pandemic crises demand coordination between national governments, which the European Union (EU) historically facilitates. Yet, the surge of Eurosceptic, nationalist and populist political parties and movements across Europe hinders discussions about EU cooperation on various issues. This raises the question of how these competing pressures affect EU policy integration. The project aims to inform responsive and effective policy reforms with findings about the willingness and capacity for European integration in specific policy areas. The consortium will seek to establish under which conditions politicians and institutions in the European Union (EU) pursue an increase or a decrease of the EU’s policy competences; when these actors manage to assert their positions in the policy-making processes; and to what extent their positions respond to public demands across and within member states. The researchers will apply state-of-the-art natural language processing (NLP) methods to textual data (party manifestos, speeches from the European and national parliaments, EU legislative proposals) to analyze the policy goals and policy-making influence of different actors in the EU. This will enable them to explain the mechanisms that drive or obstruct policy change at the European level across policy areas. Global financial, migration, security and pandemic crises demand coordination between national governments, which the European Union (EU) historically facilitates. Yet, the surge of Eurosceptic, nationalist and populist political parties and movements across Europe hinders discussions about EU cooperation on various issues. This raises the question of how these competing pressures affect EU policy integration. The project aims to inform responsive and effective policy reforms with findings about the willingness and capacity for European integration in specific policy areas. The consortium will seek to establish under which conditions politicians and institutions in the European Union (EU) pursue an increase or a decrease of the EU’s policy competences; when these actors manage to assert their positions in the policy-making processes; and to what extent their positions respond to public demands across and within member states. The researchers will apply state-of-the-art natural language processing (NLP) methods to textual data (party manifestos, speeches from the European and national parliaments, EU legislative proposals) to analyze the policy goals and policy-making influence of different actors in the EU. This will enable them to explain the mechanisms that drive or obstruct policy change at the European level across policy areas.