Recent publications from the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Winter 2015/16

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Bridging the Gap? – New Volume on the ECI Published in IEP’s Book Series

Edited by Katrin Böttger, Maximilian Conrad und Annette Knaut, Volume 97 of IEP’s book series offers a critical, but nonetheless cautiously optimistic perspective on the opportunities and constraints of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), the novel tool of transnational participatory democracy. Bringing together a wide range of ECI researchers, the volume combines theoretical discussions on the nature and contribution of the ECI with empirical perspectives on the experiences of the first initiatives launched since April 2012. The contributions show that the ECI is difficult to place as an instrument of participatory democracy, owing to considerable ambiguity as regards its merely indirect agenda-setting function. More importantly, the ECI has so far only in part been able to fulfill the high expectations held by academics, activists and ECI organizers alike. The conclusions of the volume are, therefore, somewhat ambivalent: while the ECI clearly has significant democratizing potential, the experience of the first three years also points to a considerable need for reform.

New IEP Policy Paper “Civil Society and the Fight against Corruption: Promoting effective Anti-Corruption Policies by Reforming the Public Sector and Law Enforcement Authorities”

In this new IEP Policy Paper on Eastern Europe and Central Asia No. 8 the authors Ruslan Codreanu, Mathias Jopp, Victor Lutenco, Eremei Priseajniuc und Martin Sieg deal with the topic “Civil Society and the Fight against Corruption: Promoting effective Anti-Corruption Policies by Reforming the Public Sector and Law Enforcement Authorities”.

The paper was published by the Institut für Europäische Politik e.V. (IEP) Berlin together with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE) in Chișinău. It was prepared within the framework of a joint IEP/IPRE anti-corruption programme, implemented in 2015. It contains a state of play analysis of law enforcement institutions, public sector and civil society in Moldova and puts forward key recommendations for improving the fight against corruption. The analysis constitutes an important step towards a civil society driven anti-corruption strategy in Moldova.

Policy Brief on the topic “New wind in German security policy. Potentials for Enhanced Danish-German Defence Partnership”

In this DIIS Policy Brief on the topic “New wind in German security policy. Potentials for Enhanced Danish-German Defence Partnership” Jéronimo Barbin (IEP) and Mikkel Runge Oleson (DIIS) present the results of the joined research project “New fields of German-Danish Defence cooperation”. The authors argue that a strengthening of Danish-German cooperation on certain low-profile areas might be sensible.