HEUREC
How Europeans understand fairness, reciprocity and cohesion

Research project on solidarity and social cohesion in Europe

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting a new research project at the Institute of Political Science with approx. 876,000 Euros. The project, titled HEUREC – How Europeans understand fairness, reciprocity and cohesion, will investigate which expectations of reciprocity citizens in nine Eurozone countries have toward other European countries and the institutions of the European Union. The difficult question of ‘who owes whom what’ – e.g. which member states or which levels are responsible for providing support in the EU – has only become more controversial, especially in the wake of the Euro-area sovereign debt crisis and, most recently, the stimulus packages passed in response to the COVID-19-pandemic. Perceptions of transnational justice and reciprocity are embedded in narratives; their patterns can be asessed best in focus groups. Accordingly, the project sets out to conduct focus groups in cooperation with local partners in the selected Eurozone countries: Finland, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain. The focus groups will include individuals from various socio-demographic groups who discuss problems of reciprocity and distributive justice in the EU context. The goal of the project is to determine narrative patterns and thus to gain better understanding of the societal requisites for realizing solidarity at European level. Additionally, the research findings and insights will inform a dialog with political practitioners. Heading the project at the Institute are Prof. Dr. Jens Steffek and Adjunct Prof. Dr. Björn Egner, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Hubert Heinelt (professor emeritus). The project has commenced as of 1 April 2021 and has a duration of three years.

  Name Working area(s) Contact
Prof. Dr. Jens Steffek
Chair
Transnational Governance
+49 6151 16-57357
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apl. Prof. Dr. Björn Egner
Chair
Methodology in Political Science and Philosophy of Science
+49 6151 16-57339
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Prof. Dr. Hubert Heinelt
Retired Professor
Public Administration, Public Policy and Local Politics
+49 6151 16-57362
S4|23 008
Inga Gaižauskaitė M.A.
Research Associate
Project "HEUREC"
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Jan Krotký M.A.
Research Associate
Project "HEUREC"
+49 6151 16-57358
S4|23 214
Melina Lehning M.A.
Research Associate
Methodology in Political Science and Philosophy of Science, Transnational Governance
+49 6151 16-57362
S4|23 008
Jildou Teerenstra M.A.
Research Associate
Project "Heurec"
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S4|22 202
  Name Working area(s) Contact
Dr. Inese Abolina
Research Associate
Project "HEUREC"
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Ricardo Dacosta M.A.
Research Associate
Project "HEUREC"
+49 6151 16-57291
S4|22 202
Petros Karpathiou M.Sc.
Research Associate
Project "HEUREC"
+49 6151 16-57358
S4|23 214
João Moniz M.A.
Research Associate
Project "HEUREC"
+49 6151 16-57291
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Jonas Schauman M.A.
Research Associate
Project "HEUREC"
+49 6151 16-57358
S4|23 214
PD Dr. Jared Sonnicksen
Research Associate
Methodology in Political Science and Philosophy of Science, Transnational Governance, Comparative Politics and European Integration

Presentation of initial results of the HEUREC project by Prof. Dr. Hubert Heinelt and Petros Karpathiou on 10 May 2022 at the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) in Athens

Flyer of the Kick-Off Workshop in Bensheim (opens in new tab), 28./29.09.2021

Discussion Paper 1 (opens in new tab): Cohesion, Solidarity, Fairness, Reciprocity. Clarifying the Concepts in the EU Context

Discussion Paper 2 (opens in new tab): How can narratives be traced empirically in which Europeans are expressing their understanding of reciprocity, fairness and cohesion?