Often labelled technocratic and expertise-driven, the Commissionâ€™s â€˜unelected bureaucratsâ€™ in fact take public opinion seriously. When facing crises, the Commission uses agenda-priorities to respond to citizensâ€™ cues, write Christel Koop, Christine Reh and Edoardo Bressanelli Read more
Public opinion affects policy-making when the topic is salient and when most people share the same opinion, write Julian Garritzmann, Marius Busemeyer and Erik Niemanns. Yet when the public disagrees on what they want â€“ or when many people donâ€™t care â€“ the influence of public opinion is significantly reduced Read more
Political parties are the mainstay of our democracy â€“ but do they adapt to changes in public opinion? In new research, Raimondas Ibenskas and Jonathan Polk reassure us that they do Read more
Danilo Di Mauro
The refugee crisis has led to changes in EU migration policy management. But effective reform of the so-called Dublin System that could resolve the crisis has so far eluded the EU. To understand the prospects for change, Danilo di Mauro and Vincenzo Memoli argue that we should examine how public opinion influences political parties, and elites Read more
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