The US election and big data: an EUI perspective

People who perpetuate conspiracy theories about a fraudulent election are only too happy to point to erroneous polls as support for their claims. Now that it appears the US election is really over, EUI economists David Levine and Andrea Mattozzi offer some thoughts regarding political polling and election forecasts.

Beyond quota systems: bridging the political gap for women

To achieve gender parity in politics we need to target the gatekeepers: male party leadership. School of Transnational Governance Policy Leader Fellow Costanza Hermanini argues that effective programmes for the empowerment of women are those that make party leaders aware of the political value of parity, and of the practical obstacles to a woman’s political career.

Vaccine diplomacy—the best first move for the Biden administration to reset relationships

President-elect Joe Biden has plenty of diplomatic issues to tackle in his approaching tenure as the 46th President of the United States. While some tout the importance of immediate steps to signify America’s renewed embrace of “values and democracy”, Nicholas Noe suggests starting with a more pragmatic and inclusive approach: “vaccine diplomacy”.

Evidence and expertise in 21st century policy-making

The production and use of data for evidence-informed policy-making is ever more an expert’s game. Political scientist Prof Dr Gaby Umbach takes a nuanced look at ‘governing by knowing’.

Pandemics and the future of rights mobilisation

COVID-19 has forced derogations from and limitations to rights at every level. However, there are some populations for which the pandemic has generated rights victories previously considered out of reach. EUI Professor of Public International Law Neha Jain puts the spotlight on one such vulnerable population––prisoners––to explore how COVID-19 has helped change the discourse on the rights of detainees to ignite prospects for prison reform.

Banking on greater European integration – six years on

On 4 November 2014, the European Central Bank assumed responsibility for the supervision of euro area banks. Christy Ann Petit takes a look at how banking supervision, a pillar of banking union, is leading to greater European integration, six years on.

Disinformation: As the dust unsettles

Disinformation campaigns, now a powerful tool in political meddling, are only reluctantly countered in public policy. STG Policy Leader Fellow Asha Jomis illustrates how new governance strategies can provide a solution.