Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) is a left oriented, non-profit organization that offers political education and acts as a center for discussion of progressive social thinking and research. RLS is associated with Germany’s »Die Linke« (Left Party) and has its headquarters in Berlin (Germany). Together with partner organizations RLS develops projects which contribute to social justice, democratization and the empowerment of marginalized groups. RLS Southeast Europe has its office in Belgrade and coordinates its work in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Slovenia and Romania. For further information about RLS see and

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Europe (RLS SEE) is asking for a

Research and Publication on Left Actors in SLOVENIA and CROATIA

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Belgrade Office (RLS) plans to publish a comprehensive publication on the current development, challenges and strategies of selected actors of the political left in Central and Southeast Europe. We are aiming at a transnational research project and analysis that focuses on the conditions and constraints as well as the strategic orientations of left parties and movements in the region.

These actors are:

  1. In Croatia: Zagreb je naš / Nova Ljevica / Radnička fronta / Actors from selected leftist social/protest movements
  2. In Slovenia: Iniciativa za demokratični socializem and coalition partners / selected relevant leftist organisations

Whereas RLS is awarding author’s contracts for four component studies of the mentioned actors in each country (one component study per country), the focus of the research project is planned to be a comparative and transnational one, researching and discussing the following key questions:

  1. Identity politics vs. social justice/class politics: Which target groups and social milieus do the actors see as their voter/supporter base and how do they target them? Which are the key issues in their political communication? (How) Do the actors discuss the relation between civil rights issues (LGBTIQ rights, women’s rights, …) and social justice or class politics? Are there formulated strategies towards trade-unions, what kind of approach regarding trade-unions do they formulate?
  2. Right-wing populism and authoritarian nationalism: How do the actors react to the growing support for right-wing populist or nationalist parties and movements? Which strategic and/or communicative counterstrategies do they develop/discuss?
  3. Internationalist/European vs. nation state orientation: Which are the key strategic orientations of the actors towards the European Union (EU) and its policies in particular and towards international governance in general? Which scale(s) are seen as central for developing and implementing left policy alternatives? Which progressive visions of Europe and/or alternative concepts of the EU are discussed? Is there a strategy towards a regional left alliance, cooperation?
  4. Organizational policy and political communication: How do the actors deal with key organizational challenges, such as recruiting and organizing members, shaping the relations between left parties and social movements, coalition building, or developing a sustainably functioning infrastructure and financial base?

The research and publication project aims at connecting progressive left-wing actors in East- and Southeast Europe with each other and with potential allies and partners in other European countries and the EU level. Moreover, the research should be conducted in a participatory manner with actors/members of the respective political parties/movements.
Assignment and qualifications

The assignment of a component study includes the following elements:

  • Designing and implementing a participatory empirical research of the selected political actor(s) focused on the key questions in coordination with RLS,
  • Active participation and contribution to the inception workshop and editing workshop together with RLS and other authors,
  • Authoring a component study in English language of ca. 50.-60.000 characters (ca. 27-33 standard pages of 1.800 characters).

RLS expects the contractor to have the following qualifications:

  • expertise regarding the political landscape in the respective country,
  • expertise regarding the specific left political actors that are focus of the respective component study,
  • research experience, in particular as regards to participatory research, to political actors and movements, and/or to transnational comparative or collaborative research projects,
  • relevant experiences in empirical social research and academic work.

Please note the following deadlines and appointments:

  • 12/13 June 2017: Inception workshop
  • Until 30 June 2017: Submission of a revised methodology and work schedule, based on the specifications decided during the inception workshop
  • Until 30 October 2017: Submission of the draft component study to RLS
  • 15 November 2017: Editing workshop
  • Until 10 December 2017: Submission of the revised component study to RLS


Your offer for conducting one of the component studies (Croatia or Slovenia) should include the following:

  • abstract,
  • proposed methodology for conducting a participatory research on/with the mentioned political actor(s),
  • work schedule,
  • proposed structure of the component study,
  • complete and comprehensive CV,
  • list of publications,
  • calculation of total honorary costs, daily rates and travel costs.[1]

Please state if you are liable to VAT or exempt. For each component study including all taxes, travel and incidental expenses the budget ceiling is about 5.000 EUR (gross).
Deadline for the submission of offers is May 22nd, 2017. Please send your offer via email to Only successful bidders will be informed about the awarding decision until May 26th, 2017. If you have questions regarding the tender, please contact:

[1] Travel costs will be reimbursed according to the German Travel Expenses Act (Bundesreisekosten­gesetz, BRKG), daily allowances/per diems can not be reimbursed. Travel costs for the inception and editing workshops are excluded.