Perception and Evaluation of Regional and Cohesion policies by Europeans and Identification with the Values of Europe



The PERCEIVE (Perception and Evaluation of Regional and Cohesion policies by Europeans and Identification with the Values of Europe) project aims at both mapping and explaining inter- and intra-regional variations in: a) the experiences and results of cohesion policy implementation, b) citizens’ awareness and appreciation of EU efforts for delivering cohesion and c) European identities and citizens’ identification with the EU. In doing so, PERCEIVE will develop a comprehensive theory of “cohesion in diversity”, and use this theory to create a better understanding of the channels through which European policies contribute to create both different local understandings of the EU and different levels of European identification across profoundly different European regions. In addressing the aim of the project, PERCEIVE contrasts two different perspectives: a rational choice perspective stressing mainly the idea of institutions as “rules of the game” and the calculative rationality of actors as determinants of European identities and identification, and a social constructivist perspective stressing mainly the idea that European identities and identification emerge from a process of “social learning” associated with different institutional discourses. PERCEIVE relies on a multidisciplinary portfolio of competences bridging socio-political, regional-economic and public-administrative backgrounds. It integrates the use of both qualitative and quantitative analytical methods such as surveys, focus groups, case studies and econometric modelling. In addition, it uses particularly innovative methods such as quantitative discourse analysis to elicit meaning structures in public discourse about the EU, its regional policy and being European. Finally, PERCEIVE will produce a computer simulation environment and embed it into a virtual platform that cohesion policy stakeholders will be able to use and produce what-if analysis and long-term scenario analysis of the effects of policies.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Edoardo Mollona

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Informatica - Scienza e Ingegneria
Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche "Paolo Fortunati"

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
Universitat De Barcellona (Spain)
Società Cooperativa BAM! Strategie Culturali (Italy)
INSTYTUT HODOWLI I AKLIMATYZACJI ROSLIN - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY-Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute-National Research Institute (Poland)
University of Porthsmouth (United Kingdom)
WU Wirtscharftsuniversitat Wien - Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria)
Institute Of Agricultural Economics -Iea (Romania)
Goeteborg Universitet (Sweden)

Third parties:
Regione Emilia-Romagna (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.499.367,00
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/09/2016
End Date: 31/08/2019

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Peace, justice and strong institutions This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693529