Link to the University of Pittsburgh
Link to the University Library SystemContact us link
AEI Banner

Towards a European Code of Conduct for ethical campaigning. EPC Policy Brief 05 November 2021.

Butcher, Paul and Greubel , Johannes (2021) Towards a European Code of Conduct for ethical campaigning. EPC Policy Brief 05 November 2021. [Policy Paper]

[img] PDF - Published Version
Download (378Kb)


    In recent elections across Europe, the boundaries defining what counts as acceptable or moral behaviour on the part of candidates, parties, media and campaign organisers are increasingly being crossed or have become blurred, especially online. And while the landscape, tone and techniques of political campaigning have changed, the rules have not. This Policy Brief advocates a European Code of Conduct for ethical campaigning that would more rigorously determine what counts as moral or acceptable conduct, set standards for parties and candidates, and raise expectations for all actors to contribute to a less aggressive political scene. The Code should be established through co-regulation in cooperation with prospective signatories (European political parties), experts and civil society, and should draw on existing expertise, such as from the PRO-RES project, which provides guiding principles for politicians and policymakers to make decisions based on evidence and research - principles that apply to ethical campaigning too. Without a codified set of standards for appropriate conduct by candidates and parties, political campaigns across Europe are likely to continue to be subject to manipulative practices, personal abuse and disinformation. A Code of Conduct for ethical campaigning may not resolve these issues overnight, but it would set the boundaries more clearly and indicate the expectations that candidates should be bound to – an important step on the path towards fairer, and less divisive and ill-tempered politics.

    Export/Citation:EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII (Chicago style) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
    Social Networking:
    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > European elections/voting behavior
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > European Policy Centre > Policy Brief
    Depositing User: Daniel Pennell
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2021 13:42
    Number of Pages: 4
    Last Modified: 17 Nov 2021 13:42

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads