On January 1, 2022, I will begin work on a five-year project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) that examines why, how and whether public administration reinforces the values of representative government. I’m delighted to announce that the project, REPGOV, will be hosted by the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) in Barcelona, Spain. I owe a debt of gratitude to Jacint Jordana, Laura Chaqués Bonafont, Anna Ricart and Carlos Sanchez for making this new home for the project a reality. Silvia Cannas, Valentina Mele and Maria Cucciniello were essential to the success of the academic proposal, and I can’t thank them enough for their efforts.
REPGOV builds both a normative and positive theory of value reinforcement and tests its theoretical claims through a mixed methods research design. Chapter 5 of my new book, Democracy Administered: How Public Administration Shapes Representative Government (Cambridge University Press), provides a brief overview of the research agenda. However, REPGOV will have its own social media presence in a few months and information about the research program, post-doctoral research positions and PhD studentships, events and so forth will be communicated. Stay tuned!