EUDENTIFY. Common institutions, diverging identities?  

Supranational institution building, identity formation, and the future of European integration.

The EU has accrued political authority over nearly half a billion citizens. However, political identities are still primarily tied to the member states and many people do not identify as European. The EUDENTIFY project reveals the dynamic relationship, long-term trends and causal mechanisms in the link between European Union institution building and collective identity.

Introducing EUID: our Bayesian latent trait model that tracks shifts in European identity over almost half a century

*Note that data from East Germany only becomes available in 1990. Data visualised for all of Germany prior to that is exclusively based on West Germany. 

The data visualised here represents EUID: our novel measure of European identity, utilizing a Bayesian latent trait model. It combines various survey sources from 34 countries over a period of 41 years

This approach addresses the issue of inconsistency and variation in measures of European identification, as well as potential biases such as differences in question phrasing and translation. It allows an entirely new longitudinal perspective on European identity. 

The analyses made possible by this new perspective have the potential to be a significant step forward in our understanding of important macro mechanisms such as the relationship between European institutions and collective identities. It lays the groundwork for future research to examine the causality of the institution-identity link.

June 2024

May 2024
Policy Brief published by Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES) A Community of Fate: Growing European Identity in Times of Polycrisis

19-20th of December 2023

Workshop on European Identity Politics
with Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks, Katjana Gattermann and Catherine de Vries

This workshop, organized by Prof. Dr. Theresa Kuhn and John M. Michaelis, was designed to present and exchange views on research that centers around European identity in a political setting. The culmination of the workshop was a roundtable discussion on interdisciplinary perspectives on researching European identity with Claske Vos (University of Amsterdam), Kai Gehring (University Bern), Tsveta Andreeva (European Cultural Foundation), and Pawel Zerka (European Council of Foreign Relations).