Representation and Institutional Make-up

Work package 3


WP coordinator    

Christopher Lord, ARENA, University of Oslo


The aim of studying representation and institutional make-up in the multilevel European polity is to assess the status of democracy in Europe, with emphasis on:

  • Clarifying the nature of the challenges facing systems of representation at the national and supranational levels in Europe
  • Analysing interactions between these levels
  • Establishing the direction of change – towards which of the three RECON models do these systems develop?
  • Evaluating the democratic quality of these arrangements

Such an assessment presupposes proper attention to the broader institutional settings within which patterns of representation are entrenched in the European multilevel setting. Given that there are limitations in the electoral model of democracy, WP 3 also conceptualizes new kinds of institutional arrangements for establishing alternative models of accountability on the basis of the theory of deliberative democracy.

More details on the research objectives of WP 3.


Publications and findings from WP 3

Research from the project is published in academic journals and books, as well as in RECON’s publication series (reports and online working papers). A complete list of publications and presentations from WP 3 is available for each year of the project. 

This research group organises a number of workshops and conferences, as well as panels at international conferences. Complete list of WP 3 events.


RECON participants WP 3

ARENA, University of Oslo
Christopher Lord (coordinator), John Erik Fossum, Pieter de Wilde

Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Zdenka Mansfeldová, Petra Rakusanová Guasti

Riga Graduate School of Law (until January 2010)
Tatjana Evas, Kristine Kruma

University of Bremen
Tatjana Evas

University of Reading
Dionysia Tamvaki

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Ben Crum, Eric Miklin

Institute for European Integration Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Jozef Bátora, Monika Mokre, Johannes Pollak, Emmanuel Sigalas, Peter Slominski

Mannheim Center for European Social Research
Berthold Rittberger, Arndt Wonka