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Multi-level democracy and inter-parliamentary cooperation: Progressing towards cross-level parliamentarism
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project „Multi-level democracy and inter-parliamentary cooperation: Progressing towards cross-level parliamentarism” (MILDIPA) intends to turn the academic and public spotlight on the roles and functions of national parliaments and the European Parliament in EU policy-making. Against the background of the academic and public debate on the democratic foundations of the Union and the relations between the EU and its citizens, MILDIPA will look at the foundations, development and practice of inter-parliamentary cooperation in order to discuss prospects for its future. The project aims to attract a high level of student, academic and wider public feedback. It consists of four elements: (1.) traditional and innovative teaching modules for both undergraduate and graduate students covering the European Parliament and European elections, European parties and party politics in the EU, European policy-making in national parliaments, and inter-parliamentary cooperation between both levels of parliaments, (2.) a workshop and research seminar series on challenges, opportunity structures and new developments in inter-parliamentary cooperation, (3.) an inter-parliamentary congress, and (4.) a website giving access to the deliverables of the university lectures, workshops, seminars and the congress, as well as providing a unique portal on literature and documents on inter-parliamentary cooperation. These tools will provide means to foster interactive research, study and debate between students and political, academic and civil society actors, as well as the broader public. All results will be actively disseminated in a range of media: (1.) on the internet thanks to the continued maintenance and promotion of the information portal, (2.) in hard print form, through the Chair’s book on “Inter-parliamentary Europe” (with Palgrave Macmillan), and (3.) through edited volumes (with Innsbruck University Press) bringing together peer-reviewed papers of the workshop and seminars series.
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