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Democratic backsliding and electoral autocracies: Research shared at the 2023 Academic conference

12 December 2023
On October 13th, 2023, the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the Forum for Research on Media and Democracy in Eastern Europe (FROMDEE) hosted an academic conference on “Democratic Backsliding and Electoral Autocracies”. This brief provides a short summary of the keynote lecture and research presentations featured at the conference.

The EU gas purchasing mechanism: A game-changer or a storm in a teacup?

06 November 2023
In a landmark move amid energy volatility, the EU adopts AggregateEU for joint gas procurement. This brief, written by SITE researchers Chloé Le Coq and Elena Paltseva, evaluates challenges in gas market dynamics following the energy crisis, addressing design issues of this innovative mechanism.

Ukraine and NATO – Evidence from public opinion surveys

30 October 2023
A recent survey in Ukraine indicates unprecedented 89% support for NATO membership, showcasing a historic shift in attitudes across regions. This brief, by Anna Anisimova (SITE), explores the evolution of pro-NATO sentiment, regional divides, and the impact of Russian aggression on public opinion.

Does foreign aid foster female empowerment?

16 October 2023
A 2023 study by SITE researchers explores the overlooked link between foreign aid and female empowerment. Using aid project data and surveys, it reveals a modest but significant positive effect on various aspects of women's empowerment. Read the policy brief to learn more!

Insights and research shared at the 2023 FREE Network retreat in Visby

05 October 2023
On 8-10 September, 2023, the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the FREE Network hosted the annual Retreat in Visby to discuss its institutes’ respective work of research areas, from politics to climate change to consumer behavior and joint efforts within the Network.

Key takeaways from the FROGEE Conference "The playing field in academia: Why are women still underrepresented?"

27 September 2023
In the 20th century, women's presence grew in academia and other high-skilled professions, yet disparities persist. This brief highlights the key takeaways from the conference organized by the Centre of Economic Analysis (CenEA), together with the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the Forum for Research on Gender Economics (FROGEE) on 21-22 June, 2023, in Warsaw.

Environmental enforcement in the EU: Insights from administrative cases in the US

21 August 2023
In this brief, Pamela Campa and co-author examine the EU commissions (EC) proposal and highlight its commendable aim of strengthening environmental regulation enforcement at the EU level. However, they also note its limitations in terms of the enforcement tools it encompasses. Their focus is on discussing the potential benefits of utilizing administrative law tools for enforcing environmental regulation, in contrast to the current emphasis on criminal law in the EC's approach.

Democracy in the eye of the beholder?

29 June 2023
In this brief, Jonathan Lehne and Maiting Zhuang examines the fragility of democratic institutions in Eastern Europe, comparing expert assessments and general population surveys. Experts' concerns have intensified, yet voters in almost all new EU member states and across age groups express growing satisfaction with their democracies. The study reveals a shift where people's perception of democracy is increasingly influenced by election outcomes rather than actual institutional change, even when media freedom or judicial independence is restricted by governments.

Spillover effects from the nordic model of prostitution legislation

09 May 2023
Several countries, including France, Canada, and Israel, have adopted the Nordic model of prostitution legislation to combat sexual exploitation. However, researchers from SITE highlight that these reforms might unintentionally increase sex tourism, necessitating comprehensive policy considerations.

European democracy through the lens of party manifestos

09 May 2023
In this policy brief, researchers from SITE explores the challenges of quantifying political discourse using 30 years of party manifestos. It analyzes the evolution of dominant topics in European politics, particularly in transition countries. The brief utilizes data from the Manifesto Project to describe the development of political discourse in Europe, emphasizing differences between Western European countries and Eastern European transition economies.