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Welcome to PIREDEU

Welcome to the website of the Collaborative Project on "Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union", co-ordinated by the European University Institute and its Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. PIREDEU has its origins in the European Election Studies (EES) conducted under various auspices since 1979.

The pan-European project was funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme from 2008 up to 2011. This three-year design study assessed the feasibility of an upgrade to the European Election Studies providing an infrastructure for research into citizenship, political participation, and electoral democracy in the European Union (EU). The scientific and technical feasibility of this infrastructure was investigated by means of a pilot study conducted in the context of the 2009 elections to the European parliament. With the pilot study having been implemented successfully, the EES is now in a better position to request funds to create a comprehensive empirical database that should endow the social science community with the most essential information required for a recurrent audit of the most important aspects of the electoral process in the European Union.

At the same time as providing evidence for a feasibility assessment, the pilot study provided the basis for a fully-fledged study of the European Parliament elections of 2009, comprising a voters study, a candidate study, a media study, a manifestos study, and a contextual data study.

PIREDEU involved more than 20 participating researchers from some 14 institutions in western and eastern Europe and a large community of affiliated experts from all EU member states.

This website provides you with topical information concerning the project. In particular, you will find publications, reports and articles by members of the PIREDEU Consortium. In addition, links to past European Election Studies and other information sources relating to the project's research fields are provided, as well as information on events organised in the framework of PIREDEU. The PIREDEU Open Forum was a tool designed to submit suggestions, proposals and comments during the implementation of the project.

Data Release
Availability of data releases

An Audit of Democracy in the European Union


EES Bibliography
Extensive bibliography for European Election Studies

Project Results Flyer
Download the PIREDEU Results Brochure (long) [ pdf - 1.2MB]

Project Results Flyer
Download the PIREDEU Results Brochure (short) [ pdf - 950KB]

Page updated: 27/07/16
Funded by the European Union's 7th Framework Programme