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Call for experts - "Science of values and identity in the political process"

The JRC wants to improve the understanding of the values held by European citizens and political parties.

How do they influence political decision-making in elections, policymaking and legislation?

The JRC seeks to work with experts from across the globe to provide a state-of-the-science report on the Science of values and identity in the political process.

This study should lead to the development of a practical analytical framework for policymakers to support their political choices by:

  • clarifying the values behind each policy issue and
  • informing the values trade-off process involved.

Call for experts

For the report Science of values and identity in the political process, we aim to incorporate input and feedback from:

  • Individual scientists
  • National experts
  • International organisations

Application

You can apply either as:

  • Contributing Author of the report
  • Steering Committee member

You may apply for more than one category and more than one specific discipline.

Start your application online

Deadline: 10 September 2019

We will inform successful candidates by 25 September 2019. 

For more information please download the terms of reference:

/jrc/en/file/document/180562Terms of reference

Kick-off meeting

We will convene a first meeting of experts to scope the project activities, on the second half of October 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

Financial support for travel and accommodation will be available.

Contact

For more information, please email: JRC-ENLIGHTENMENT2@ec.europa.eu

Background

Several political ideologies and worldviews currently compete in the EU, each embedding different values propositions.

Moreover, today there is consensus among analysts that political divides are ambiguous and can go along multiple axes, involving tribal clashes between different political group identities.

Such cultural, values-based clashes have become more salient in recent years as European societies have become more heterogeneous.

Ideologies, worldviews and values have a central position in political decision-making, whether in elections or in policymaking and legislation.

In this framework, the JRC project seeks to improve the understanding of the values held by European citizens' and political parties in general terms and engaged by different political issues. 

The JRC aims to provide a State-of-the-Science report on the Science of values and identity in the political process.

This study should lead to the development of a practical analytical framework for policymakers to use in supporting political choices by clarifying the values behind each issue and informing the values trade-off process.

The analysis will also aim to understand the dynamics of values, i.e. how values preferences and priorities of individuals and societies are established and develop, and the way they change through time at individual and/or societal level.

A review of the existing literature on the subject will be carried out, with a particular focus on the contributions by psychologists, legal scholars, philosophers, historians, anthropologists, evolutionary biologists, sociologists and economists.

It is important to remark that, although this project should have a worldwide scope, it will focus particularly on values within the EU.

Therefore, experts need to be aware that their findings and contribution must be applicable to the political processes within the EU, whether EU, national or regional level.

The activity foresees an extended review of the work of the main theories and frameworks on what are values according to different disciplines.

The taxonomies and frameworks used to define and classify values by the different disciplines will be investigated.