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Launch of new report "Understanding our political nature”

Launch of new report "Understanding our Political Nature"
Jul 18 2019

We are at a defining moment for the way our societies are governed.

There is a need to change our policymaking.

Discuss with a panel of renowned experts and explore "Understanding our political nature".

Find out how a better understanding of human behaviour can put knowledge and reason at the heart of political decision-making.


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09:30 – 10:10 Welcome
10:10 – 10:30 Keynote by Vladimír Šucha, Director-General, JRC: A new model for political decision-making
10:30 – 11:15 Panel session: Understanding our political nature
11:15 – 12:00 Q&A session

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European Commission
Atrium Level 3
Rue de la Loi 200
1000 - Brussels


To change policymaking, it is important to understand the drivers of political behaviour.

  • Misperception and Disinformation
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Emotions
  • Values and Identities
  • Framing, Metaphor and Narrative
  • Trust and Openness
  • Evidence-informed policymaking

Advances in behavioural, decision and social sciences show that we are not purely rational beings.

Emotions, values, identity and reason affect how we think, talk, take decisions on political issues, and perceive the world.

The report "Understanding our political nature" gives new insights to improve policymaking with

  • a better understanding of these drivers of human behaviour
  • techniques to deal with them successfully
  • implications for policy