It is often asserted that shifting political decision-making to a higher political entity – e.g. from nation-states to the European Union or an intergovernmental body – reduces democracy by increasing the distance between citizens and decision-makers. However, the extent of this supposed “loss” is conditional, to some extent, on relative heterogeneity of preferences between the smaller and larger political units.
This project uses innovative measures of public opinion to actually measure these differences. It provides new empirical information on a longstanding normative debate regarding scale and democracy.
The project will generate a new dataset of global policy preference heterogeneity. It will lead to several academic articles. It is conducted in collaboration with Mathias Koenig-Archibugi at the London School of Economics.