Goal and Objectives
Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy is the official think-tank of centre-right party “Nea Dimokratia” (ND). It was founded in Athens in January 1998 with the aim of promoting the principles of liberal democracy and open market in the context of a modern welfare state. It is structured in five Departments (International Cooperation, Publications, Policy Studies, Political Analysis and Political Academy). Apart from Athens, the Institute operates offices in four large Greek cities (Thessaloniki, Patra, Ioannina and Agrinio), as well as an international office in Brussels, in the headquarters of the European People’s Party (EPP).
The Institute participates in all major networks of like-minded European and international political foundations. It is a founding member of the Center for European Studies, official think-tank of the EPP, and active member of the European Ideas Network, which formulates policy positions on European issues for the EPP. Furthermore, the Institute participates in the European Network of Political Foundations that aims at the promotion of democracy and development in third countries. On a bilateral basis, the Institute cooperates with several international organizations for conferences, policy seminars and research projects.
Publications focus on policies and ideas that shape the domestic and international political agenda. They include: the quarterly journal “Liberal Emphasis”, the “Monograph Series”, the “Working Papers on Politics and Economics”, the “Working Paper Series”, the “Special Collection Series”, the “E-Library Series”, the e-journal “e-LOGOS”, as well as the international publications series (in cooperation with Springer), namely the “Series on European and International Affairs” and the “Yearbook Series”.
The Institute engages in systematic policy-oriented research covering the areas of foreign and defence policy, energy, environment, economy, education and culture. Policy proposals and position papers are prepared by academics and technical experts, who also participate in round-table discussions and conferences.
The Institute conducts comprehensive research and surveys on social, electoral and political issues as a tool for monitoring ideological trends and proposing new policies. It also develops communication strategies and techniques, and produces relevant material.
The Political Academy was established in 2002. Since then it has provided political training to over 3.000 policy-makers, journalists, professionals and members of youth organizations, from all regions of Greece. The seminars of the Political Academy and are taught by prominent political analysts and academics.