The work package “Political parties and Cueing: Data, Experimentation, and Comparative Study” has two objectives:

  • to produce systematic, comparative data on the positioning and salience of European integration, European policies, and policies for political parties, and to combine these data with comparable data from the mass and elite surveys.
  • to test some basic conjectures on the constraints on European governance in the aftermath of the crisis and, in particular, on how political parties and elites cue public public opinion.



Data production: The VU-based team working on WP 4 put the 2014 version of the CHES data (Chapel Hill expert survey on political parties) in the public domain. The survey includes all EU member states, plus parties in Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey. Separate surveys were conducted in the Balkan candidate countries. The 2014 version was released in June 2015, and a cumulative trend file was released in mid-2016. The datasets are available on https://www.chesdata.eu/

Analysis and publication

Team members wrote multiple papers using CHES or other EUENGAGE data, which were presented at conferences and workshops. To find references and updates check the EUENGAGE publications page.



  • The CHES team has revamped its website: https://www.chesdata.eu/.
  • Team members are pro-active in dissemination. CHES data are regularly used in the media. (See Bloomberg article on the radical right in Europe which used 2014 CHES data, December 11, 2017)

Team members are regular participants at conferences and workshops in Europe and North America.


Ongoing activities

  • CHES survey

The 2017 survey on party positioning was completed between January and February 2018. It includes the ten EUENGAGE countries (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom) plus Estonia, Hungary, and Sweden. The survey has a special focus on European integration, immigration, economic distribution, and populism in addition to the standard questions on ideology.

  • Deliberative exercise among Erasmus students

A deliberation exercise among Erasmus students is underway in three countries (and control group of non-Erasmus students) on different institutional scenarios for transnational redistribution.

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