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Reconnecting Europe With Its Citizens – The Role Of Political Foundations

This paper examine how political foundations have an important role as a link between citizens and the European Union decision-makers. They contribute to the formation of a plurality of considered public opinions and ensure that relevant issues, required information, and appropriate contributions are mobilised, thus balancing political, economic, and media power through the facilitation of social power. Moreover, they reintroduce discourse in an environment that is increasingly personal and commoditised. By their very nature, political foundations politicise the way the world appears to citizens by bringing in public discourse and relating this to a framework of political tools of analysis.