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Multiple Horizon research projects explore the threats liberal democracies face in Europe. On the margins of the General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) in September 2023, AUTHLIB’s principal investigator Zsolt Enyedi (CEU Democracy Institute) joined Ramona Coman (Université libre de Bruxelles), who leads the RED-SPINEL (Respond to Emerging Dissensus: SuPranational Instruments and Norms of European Liberal democracy) project, for an episode of the “Making Sense of EU” podcast to discuss how academic research can contribute to understanding various aspects of the illiberal challenge.

The two lead researchers discussed what led them to the idea at the center of AUTHLIB and RED-SPINEL respectively, what theoretical and empirical ambitions the two projects set forth, and how they see their research agendas intersect with the political, especially with a view on the upcoming European parliamentary elections.

RED-SPINEL is an interdisciplinary and intersectoral research project bringing together 11 partner organizations from 8 European countries. Launched in October 2022, it seeks to analyze the changing nature of dissensus surrounding liberal democracy and its implications for EU supranational policy instruments.

Ramona Coman is a professor of political science at the Université libre de Bruxelles and a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. She is also a former director and president of the Institut etudes européennes and she studied political science, comparative politics, and European studies in Brussels. Her research interests include EU institutions, the EU decision-making process, the rule of law, democratic transitions, and comparative politics.

Learn more about RED-SPINEL HERE.


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