Project on "the strategies of policy makers" is the winner of the Collaborative Research Award Santander Totta/NOVA

How policymakers legitimize their public policy choices in public opinion

The Collaborative Research Award Santander Totta / NOVA, which has celebrated 10 years since its first edition in 2007, will be awarded today. This time, the cooperation between the areas of Political Science, Philosophy and Computing will be highlighted.

The great winner of 2017 is the project The Politics of constraints: Discursive strategies in a three-level game. Catherine Moury (IPRI-FCSH), Dima Mohammed (IFILNOVA-FCSH) and João Leite (NOVA LINCS-FCT) are the Principal researchers of a team that joins researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) with the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT). This multidisciplinarity allowed to develop an innovative methodology that analyzes both qualitative and quantitative argumentative discourse. The intention is to advance knowledge in these three fields (Political Science, Argumentation and Computation) and create opportunities to build future interdisciplinary collaborations.

The award-winning research seeks to determine how political decision-makers in Portugal, France and Spain legitimize their public policy choices in public opinion at a time when governments are strongly constrained by international actors, particularly by the European Union and the financial markets.

The ceremony will be held at the Recorate of NOVA and will count with the presence of the Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, as well as the Rector of NOVA, António Rendas, and the President of Santander Totta, António Vieira Monteiro.

Know more about the award and previous editions