Participatory Democracy

Lessons from Protest Waves in Europe: Movements, NGOs and Political Mobilization

January 2015 - December 2016

Think Tanks at a Crossroad: Shifting Paradigms and Policy Dilemmas

October 2013 - April 2015

Lessons of the Protest Wave in Europe

January 2014 - December 2014

MEDIADEM European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing & Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems

April 2010 - March 2013

Engage the Public in Bulgaria with the European Parliament

February 2009 - January 2010

Glasovoditel and Glasosleditel 2009

February 2009 - December 2009

European Citizens’ Consultations 2009

September 2008 - September 2009
The European Citizens’ Consultations 2009 (ECC 2009) bring together citizens from all 27 EU Member States to discuss - with each other and then with policy-makers - key challenges facing the EU. ECC 2009 focuses on the issues currently of greatest concern to EU citizens in the run-up to the 2009 European elections, seeking to answer the question: “What can the EU do to shape our economic and social future in a globalised world?”

European Citizens’ Consultations 2007

January 2007 - December 2007
The European Citizens’ Consultations provided the first-ever opportunity for members of the public to debate the future of the European Union across the boundaries of geography and language. At the heart of the dialogue are the National Citizens’ Consultations – simultaneous, interlinked debates in all 27 Member States. The main result is the European Citizen's Perspective, presented to the politicians.

National Deliberative Poll “Policies toward the Roma in Bulgaria. Ghettoes, Crime, Education”

September 2006 - September 2007
The Second National Deliberative Poll in Bulgaria was initiated and conducted by the CLS on Policies toward the Roma in Bulgaria on April 14-15, 2007 in Sofia. Thd national Deliberative Poll® of Bulgaria produced many strong and statistically significant changes in the direction of an integrationist perspective. The scientific sample of 255 residents drawn from around the country by Alpha Research spent the weekend of April 14-15, 2007 deliberating about three issues affecting the Roma: Housing, Crime and Education.

National Deliberative Poll "Fighting Crime in Bulgaria"

January 2002 - December 2002
The first Deliberative Poll in Eastern Europe was initiated and conducted by the CLS on Fighting Crime in Bulgaria in 2002. Deliberative Polling® is an attempt to use television and public opinion research in a new and constructive way. The polling process reveals the conclusions the public would reach, if people had opportunity to become more informed and more engaged by the issues. There were a number of dramatic, statistically significant changes of opinion. Most notably on capital punishment and two issues that have become controversial in Bulgaria--the independence of the prosecutor's office and the investigation services.

Students Discussion Clubs

February 2000 - May 2002
The purpose of the project was to set up a network of Debating Societies in 9 Bulgarian universities. It aimed at organizing discussions on a number of important issues of...