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The project POLEVPOP (Politicians Evaluations of Public Opinion) aims to study how members of parliament (MPs) understand citizens' demands and how they take them into account in their actions in parliament. The project is based on questionnaires and interviews with members of national and regional parliaments. The three general objectives of the project are to: (1) to understand what criteria politicians use to assess public opinion; (2) to understand how the specific characteristics of public opinion signals - the content of the message, the channel and the group expressing the view - affect politicians' assessment of public opinion signals; and (3) to understand what effect these assessments have on public policy.

The project is coordinated by Professor Stefaan Walgrave of the University of Antwerp and brings together teams of researchers in 13 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland. The project runs for five years, from January 2022 to December 2026. At ULB, the project is led by professors Nathalie Brack and Jean-Benoit Pilet. In each country, between 100 and 200 MPs will be interviewed.


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