Mannheim Centre for European Social ResearchComparative Candidates Survey

The Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Mannheim. In close association with the Department of Social Sciences it has dedicated itself since its founding in 1989 to the investigation of political and societal developments in Europe. Its foci are on comparative research on Europe and an exploration of the European integration process.

The Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS) is a response to the growing number of candidate surveys in the Anglo-saxon world and beyond. More or less regular candidate surveys are conducted in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The rational of the CCS is to harmonise these dispersed efforts and give them a cross-nationally comparable core.

The CCS is an internationally coordinated effort. It combines an internationally agreed and locally adapted core questionnaire with questions that try to capture national and election specifics. The core candidate questionnaire specifically focuses at the issue of individualization of electoral campaigns, i.e. the empirical question to which extent the candidates run their own campaigns distinct from those of their parties.

Europe’s World

Europe’s World is the only independent Europe-wide policy journal, produced in association with some 130-plus leading European think tanks and academic institutions. Since its launch in 2005 it has become the premier ideas platform for new thinking on political, economic and social issues, read by over 100,000 of the most influential decision makers and opinion formers across Europe.

Published every 4 months, Europe’s World’s purpose is to stimulate the much needed debate over topical policy issues by encouraging citizens and stakeholders within civil society, media, academia, business and government, to engage in a series of informed political debates which reach beyond the “Brussels village.”

To date over 600 authors, including Heads of State, corporate chiefs, top academics, leading NGO activists or policymakers, have contributed articles, firmly cementing Europe’s World’s reputation as a platform for new thinking and ground-breaking ideas.


OWPSEE Foundation

Oneworld – platform for south east europe (owpsee) is a civil society network in the virtual online space. Still, and most probably forever, after three years of hard, committed and enthusiastic work owpsee continues to have two somewhat parallel identities.

Owpsee channel all activities, programs and initiatives according to two main working areas:

1. Information and knowledge: Promoting and facilitating the process of local content produced by civil society organizations (CSOs). Strengthening the abilities, role, and engagement of civil society organizations in ICT capacity building processes.

2. Networking and regional cooperation: Focusing efforts of the Foundation on expanding and strengthening the network(s) of CSOs, and promoting and generating sustainable regional cooperation models.


Metamorphosis Foundation

Metamorphosis is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit foundation based in Skopje, Macedonia. Its mission is to contribute to the development of democracy and increase the quality of life through innovative use and sharing of knowledge.  Our guiding values are openness, equality and freedom.

Metamorphosis started working in 1999 as part of the e-publishing program of the Foundation Open Society Institute – Macedonia, and became an independent foundation in 2004.

European University of Tirana

In EUT teaching goes alongside with research. EUT’s three research journals, POLIS published by the Faculty of Social Sciences, ECONOMICUS published by the Economic Faculty and JUS & JUSTICIA published by the Faculty of Law, are the forums where research carried out by the academic staff is published.

EUT Publications are made up of two series: first the series of university publications, which will bring into Albanian the contemporary textbooks taught in the best western universities. EUT Publications already have an agreement with the OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, UK and MC GRAW HILL, Canada for translating into Albanian core academic textbooks to be used as main texts in the academic process.

Second, the series of monographs and research conducted by the EUT academic staff or other Albanian authors whose aim is the enrichment of the academic debate and assistance to the teaching process in the university.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) – Office in Tirana

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation, which is close to the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). In Albania there is a clear policy orientation to join the EU, a specific commitment to European values and standards, and a great willingness to reform in the economic, political, social and law sectors.
A key element of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Albania is to cooperate with the Democratic Party, led by the Premierminister, Dr. Sali Berisha. Another key point of cooperation is the support of the Albanian Parliament.

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