Prof. Dr. Melanie Sully

Go-Governance Projects

Go-Governance is an independent Institute based in Vienna to promote and co-ordinate research and projects on the topics of democratic governance and related fields.
It is officially registered as an association in accordance with Austrian law and has an elected executive board (see separate entries on this site).
Finances are subject to external audit.

Go-Governance has several main areas of work including
  • the culture of governance, opposition
  • social media and communication; open government
  • comparative parliamentary democracy, legislative standards, codes of conduct
  • political participation, representation, integration, gender, youth
  • political parties and elections, direct democracy
  • European political culture and history
  • the role of cities and regions in democratic governance
  • governance and cross border understanding in the Black Sea Region, west Balkans
The City of Vienna and Austrian Foreign Ministry have supported these projects as well as international partners such as the OSCE, and the Assembly of European Regions together with local civil society representatives and the academic community.


 

 

Ireland - Politics

Irish politics has featured prominently in recent European debates. Dr Melanie Sully wrote a policy paper for the Austrian Society for European Politics "Brexit, the Irish Shamrock and the English Rose" which was cited in the Council of the EU Think Tank Review (p29), Jan 2020
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/42348/ttr_-2020_74.pdf?utm_source=dsms-auto&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Think+Tank+Review+-+January+2020


 

OSCE in Venice on Lawmaking

Dr Melanie Sully for Go Governance attended an expert group meeting in Venice on lawmaking and democracy organised by the OSCE/ODIHR and the Council of Europe https://www.osce.org/odihr/441050?fbclid=IwAR03iMUhX50amtoxq-lhCgo_x5Lhi8VJNx2OxC0Cop-zeGA4F6tHqJ1L9gs


 

Global Advancement Programme

Dr Melanie Sully gave a lecture to students on this programme on Politics and Diplomacy, Photo AFA Academic Forum for Foreign Policy.


 

Discussion Evening

Public Meeting at the Economics University, Vienna


 

Caretaker Government "Hausmeisterregierung"

 June 2019 a caretaker government was sworn in composed of experts and senior civil servants following the loss of a parliamentary vote of no confidence in the government of Chancellor Kurz (ÖVP). It will serve until the Autumn elections and beyond until a new government can be formed. According to the constitution it has the same power as any government but it is recognised that its reduced democratic legitimacy means it has to tread carefully. Caretaker conventions either written or not giving guidance as in other countries eg Spain, Portugal, Canada, Australia and the UK do not exist. So the "Hausmeister Regierung" has thrown up questions in this regard examined in an interview with Dr Melanie Sully in the quality Austrian daily "Der Standard" and in an interview she gave with Swiss radio:
https://derstandard.at/2000104226799/Richtig-uebergangsregieren-Tut-nichts-Kontroversielles-Bindet-die-Opposition-ein

https://www.srf.ch/news/international/uebergangsregierung-in-wien-werden-die-experten-zu-politikern


 

 

Go-Governance in Kyiv

Deputy Go-Governance, Dr Josef Mantl at the Invitation of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives Ukraine


 

Global Citizenship

Annual student organised conference on Global Citizenship during which Prof Dr Melanie Sully gave a talk on the challenges in the years ahead www.da-vienna.ac.at


 

Europe at the Crossroads

Lecture in Innsbruck by Dr Melanie Sully attracted an audience of around 200. Details https://www.uibk.ac.at/wuv/programm/sose_2017/europa-am-wendepunkt.html


 

Go Governance General Meeting

Go Governance held its general meeting and the newly elected executive board passed a resolution to include new honorary members: Jakub Forst-Battaglia, Thomas Resch and Oskar Wawra.


 

Study Visit to Vienna from Ukraine

Students from Ivan Franko University, Donezk and Ternopil on study tour to Vienna, seminar with Go-Governance at international department of the City of Vienna with Dr Melanie Sully, Alexandra Dancasiu both from Go-Governance, Thomas Resch for the City of Vienna and Andreas Wenninger, Head of Austrian Cooperation Office Lviv

See the gallery below.


 

Expert Discussion on Media

Go Governance with partners held an expert discussion in the Diplomatic Academy on political communication.

https://www.da-vienna.ac.at/en/Events/Archive/More-Information/Id/2149/Politische-Kommunikation-in-Europa-brBurgerdialog-oder-Propaganda


 

Post Brexit talk in Graz

Dienstalk in Graz


 

West Balkans Seminar UK Parliament

Delegations from the West Balkans met to discuss political participation. Photo British Group of the Inter Parliamentary Union, Dr Melanie Sully gave a paper.


 

Brexit Conference Wilton Park

Davorin Stetner, advisor to the President of Croatia with Melanie Sully Brexit brainstorming at the prestigious Wilton Park UK https://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/


 

European Youth Parliament

Go-Governance took part in the European Youth Parliament simulation session in Vienna advising on the Committee for Development.


 

Public Consultations - Georgia Workshop

MPs and experts met in the capital of Georgia to assess transparency and public participation in law-making. For Go Governance Dr Melanie Sully presented two papers. The conference was co-hosted by OSCE/ODIHR http://www.osce.org/odihr/363486


 

Go-Governance at Melbourne University Democracy Conference

Democracy in transition and democratic renewal were the themes at this major international conference. Full programme under Events 2015 on this site. Conference participants including Dr Melanie Sully wrote on "Can Democracy stop Terrorism" for Melbournes School of Government online site.




Bratislava Study Visit

Go-Governance visited Bratislava with a programme organised and supported financially by the City of Vienna in conjunction with the City of Bratislava. After a reception in the town hall the group went to the Austrian Embassy and heard lectures by the Austrian Ambassador and expert Pavol Demes. In Photo reception in Town Hall with officials from the City of Vienna.


 

Go-Governance at OSCE

Dr Melanie Sully addressing the plenary at the OSCE meeting Warsaw, October 2015


 

 

Round Table on Lawmaking

Experts gathered in Warsaw for a round table organised by the OSCE/ODIHR on good practices in law-making. Dr Melanie Sully presented a paper on public participation and innovative developments.www.osce.org/odihr/324216


 

Aftermath of the UK Election

Dr Melanie Sully gave several interviews to the media analysing the campaign and results including radio, television stations and print

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Summer Seminar in Bulgaria

Dr Melanie Sully was a speaker at a seminar for young professionals in Albena on the Black Sea, organised by the Economic Policy Institute Bulgaria