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Enlightenment 2.0

The multi-annual Enlightenment 2.0 research programme seeks to provide the interdisciplinary scientific underpinning to optimise this evolution of the political decision-making process.

About Enlightenment 2.0

We live in an increasingly polarised present, looking to a complex and uncertain future while basing our legislative decisions on systems of the past. Policymakers need the processes and structures that underpin their political decision-making to be aligned with the complexities of the 21st century. But knowledge is not the only driver of political decision-making.

Emotions, self-interest, power relations and values all play their role in decision-making and political discourse. Today’s drivers of political behaviour have become more complex, transnational, instrumentalised and agenda-driven than ever, bringing into question the very nature of democracy.

There is a need to better understand and explain the drivers that influence policy decisions and political decision-making, this will help to optimise the way that evidence is used in policymaking. The multi-annual Enlightenment 2.0 research programme seeks to provide the interdisciplinary scientific underpinning to optimise this evolution of the political decision-making process.

The research programme is divided into 4 separate projects that are closely linked to ensure that each initiative benefits from the learnings and outcomes of the others:

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Understanding our political nature: how to put knowledge and reason at the heart of political decision-making

Advances in behavioral, decision and social sciences show that humans are not purely rational beings. As a result, this report brings new insights to political behaviour. It…

Technology and Democracy: understanding the influence of online technologies on political behaviour and decision-making

In "Technology and Democracy: understanding the influence of online technologies on political behaviour and decision-making" an international team of experts takes a behavioural science approach to investigate the impact of online platforms…

Values & Identities - a policymaker's guide

The JRC has published a report that supports policymakers in understanding and interpreting value orientations and social identities that are relevant for policymaking.

Meaningful & Ethical Communications

This research that will be launched in 2021 will build upon previous Enlightenment 2.0 work that examines the relationship between online technologies and political behaviour, as well…