PERCEIVE Work Package 2

Evaluation of EU citizens’ perception of the EU project in relation to regional performance of the Cohesion Policy and institutional quality

Do different economic and political situations influence Cohesion Policy’s impact?

Does the quality of government influence the perception of
Cohesion Policy?

For example if you feel that your government is not accountable… how does this affect the implementation of
Cohesion Policy by local politicians?


  • Provide the methodological framework and quantitative background to allow the understanding of the complex, non-linear and space dependent relation between the EU Cohesion Policy performance and citizens’ perception of it, accounting for the influential role of institutional quality and heterogeneity of EU integration paths and experiences in different EU regions.
  • Provide a quantitative representation (in terms of variables and indexes) of the key concepts at the backbone of the project objectives and rationale based on (i) secondary data provided by EU institutes and institutions, and (ii) primary data provided by the survey in WP1 and aimed at complementing the secondary data.
  • Analyse the quantitative relation/functional form behind the identified multidimensional determinants (socio economic- cultural-geographical-political) of EU citizens’ identity, and map case studies selected at the regional level according to the class of identity value they belong to (calculating the probability of each case study region to belong to a class). This issue being currently under-investigated is fundamental to understand (i) the mechanism behind the EU citizen’s legitimacy of the EU Cohesion Policy and (ii) the role and characteristics of EU regions heterogeneity in shaping citizens’ perception and policy-makers action.
  • Use alternative quantitative methodologies, both parametric and non-parametric, to analyse the evolution of citizens’ identification with the EU project in different territories, and the co-evolution with key socio-economic magnitudes such as income per capita, unemployment, and EU funds allocated in each territory..


  • M5: Database development, month 12;
  • M6: Classification model, month 22;
  • M7: Research paper on convergence model, month 22.

WP2 Deliverables

D 2.1 · WP2

September, 2017

Report including the database development and implementation and how it supports all the ...


D 2.2 · WP2

December, 2017

Mapping the determinants of EU citizen’s perception and identification


D 2.3 · WP2

February, 2018

Report on the construction of the CIEI* indicator. Qualitative report with main findings ...


D 2.4 · WP2

June, 2018

Report on the probabilistic model of estimation of citizens’ identification with the EU ...


D 2.5 · WP2

December, 2018

Report on the results of the convergence analysis of EU citizens’ identification with ...


WP2 Updates

Wokshop with LMAs in Bologna, Italy

by University of Bologna, BAM! Strategie Culturali | 19/04/2018

Deliverables 2.1, 3.2, 4.3, 4.4 and 5.3 are online!

by BAM! Strategie Culturali | 30/10/2017

Work package 2 delivered its report including the database development and implementation and how it supports all the project WPs and work package 3 a qualitative report with main findings from the interviews.

Deliverables 4.3, 4.4 and 5.3 are online!

by BAM! Strategie Culturali | 27/10/2017

Work package 4 a report on smart cities and resilience and policy recommendations, and work package 5 a database of the topics and sentiments to be made available online for further research.