Institutional Performance

Institutional Grammar Research Initiative (IGRI) affiliates are engaged in research that utilizes the Institutional Grammar to develop theoretically informed criteria for assessing the quality of institutions.

Below is a list of projects relating to this research theme currently being pursued by IGRI affiliates.

Project Title: Procedural Tools for Effective Governance (PROTEGO): Patterns, Outcomes, and Policy Design

Project Description: Governments have adopted a range of administrative procedures, policy instruments, and special bodies to open up the processes through which new laws and regulations are made, delivered, and evaluated. In Protego we gathered original data on the design of consultation, freedom of information acts, impact assessment of proposed laws and regulations, judicial review, the Ombudsman, and general principles of transparency. Empirically, the data cover the 27 members of the European Union, the UK, and the EU as another level of governance. Our project is centered on two original questions: How do these innovations work together? What are the governance effects of the empirical combinations in our population? To answer these two research questions, Protego provides high levels of interdisciplinary research, including political science, public policy, political economy, and law. Our extended team is made of a core group of researchers, an International Advisory Team, and 40 national consultants. The project is hosted by the European University Institute, School of Transnational Governance. The consortium includes the University of Exeter and the University of Milan. In the period 2016-2018, the project was hosted by the University of Exeter. University College of London was in the consortium for the period September 2018 – August 2020.

Project Team: Claudio Radaelli, Claire Dunlop, Alessia Damonte, Jonathan Kamkhaji, Gaia Taffoni

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Funding Sources: European Research Council Advanced Grant No. 694632

Project Title: The Evolution of Benefit Sanctions in Poland in the Light of Institutional Grammar

Project Description: The project has two aims. The first one is to study how legal regulations on benefit sanction have been evolving in Poland since 1990. The second one is to assess the usefulness of the institutional grammar for studying legal regulations on social policy written in Polish. The study is exploratory in its character and follows changes only in legal regulations on unemployment benefits and social assistance benefits. Results coming from the project will increase our understanding of welfare conditionality in Eastern European countries as well they will contribute to the further development of the institutional grammar tool.      

Project Team Leader: Bartosz Pieliński, PhD (

Other Project Members: Prof. Ryszard Szarfenberg; Tomasz Mering, PhD; Klaudia Wolniewicz-Slomka, PhD

Funder: University of Warsaw

Project Title: IG Analytics: Measuring Institutional Designs for Addressing Collective Action Dilemmas in Multi-scale Governing Systems

Project Team: Edella Schlager