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RECONNECT

Reconnecting citizens to the administrative state?

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Project Partners: London School of Economics & Political Science, Kings College London, Leiden University, Norwegian Business School, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

Start Date: 1st November 2020
End Date: 31 October 2022

Project summary

The current age of political turbulence – expressed through citizen dissatisfaction and populist politics – represents a fundamental challenge to the authority of the institutions of the administrative state. As public administration is central to democratic governance, as it connects citizens to the state, it is central to explore sources of citizen disconnection and administrative efforts to reconnect citizens with the state.

RECONNECT investigates how calls for more ‘responsive’ administrative state institutions have developed – both among citizens and politicians – and how the administrative state has sought to become more responsive, especially when simultaneously faced with expectations of neutrality and impartiality.

RECONNECT explores, across European states, five distinct citizen-focused dimensions of the administrative state: constitutional, regulatory, enabling, consumer-protecting and consulting dimensions. Using a mixed-methods approach, including attitudinal, media, document and interview analysis, RECONNECT generates new knowledge to compare and explain variation across both European jurisdictions and dimensions of the administrative state. In the process, the project contributes to academic and practitioner debates regarding the future of the administrative state, and to a better understanding of how citizens can be reconnected to wider democratic governance and the administrative state in particular.

Team

London School of Economics and Political Science, Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation
Martin Lodge, Project Leader

King's College London
Christel Koop, Principal Investigator

Leiden University
Caelesta Braun, Principal Investigator

Norwegian Business School
Nick Sitter, Principal Investigator

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
Jacint Jordana, Principal Investigator

Funding Acknowledgements

The project RECONNECT is financially supported by the NORFACE Joint Research Programme on Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age and co-funded by AEI, ESRC, NWO and RCN, and the European Commission through Horizon 2020 under grant agreement No 822166

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