Workshop: Methodological dimensions of the RECON democracy models

WP 3 – Representation and Institutional Make-up

WP 3 events 

Vienna, 18 December 2009

Venue: Austrian Academy of Sciences,  Dr. Ignaz Seipel Platz 2,  A-1010 Vienna,  Museumszimmer


The Institute for European Integration at the Austrian Academy of Sciences will host a workshop on methodology and empirical analysis as part of RECON’s work package 3 on Representation and Institutional Make-up.


The goal of this workshop is to bring together young scholars engaged in empirical research in the framework of the RECON programme. The workshop will act as a bridge between the different work packages, and focuses on the empirical dimension of the research conducted in each of them. In particular, it invites researchers to present the methodological framework of their work including issues of operationalisation, methodological techniques and data analysis. The workshop will allow researchers to learn from each others’ experience and best practices and highlight how the same or similar data can be used in different ways and for different research purposes.

Read more on the research objectives of WP 3 and on the overall research objectives of RECON


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We meet at the entrance of Alma Hotel and walk to the Academy 

10:00 – 10:45 

The challenge of operationalising and analyzing political claims under the RECON models
Manos Sigalas,
Austrian Academy of Sciences

10:45 – 11:30

Collective identification and the RECON models: Constraints of the conceptualization and operationalisation
Olga Brzezińska and Magdalena Góra, Jagiellonian University

11:30 – 12:15

Patterns of MEP co-ordination within the EU’s multilevel parliamentary field
Eric Miklin, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 14:45

The content and quality of representation in the European Assembly: Towards building an updated Discourse quality index at the EU level
Dionysia Tamvaki, University of Reading

14:45 – 15:30

Claims-making analysis in Atlas.ti and SPSS: Between quality and quantity
Pieter De Wilde, ARENA, University of Oslo

15:30 – 16:15

Four arenas of political communication in the EU constitutional process mapped through different data sets in empirical test of ideal types of public spheres
parliamentary field: The case of the EU Services Directive

Ewelina Pawlack, University of Bremen







For further information, please contact Manos Sigalas.