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"Economic and Political Crises: perceptions and realities"

organised jointly by

Gallup Europe & LessMeansMore & Fundação AIP

Thursday, 31 October 2013, 10:00 - 12:30


The economic and social crisis has had a manifold impact at all level in Europe in a context of eroding trust in political and business leadership. Drastic austerity measures have been taken in most European member states  while, more recently, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Commission and the European Central bank (ECB), the so-called troika, seem less clear on what the positive expected outcomes should be and if the fast pace of the measures was actually right. In this context, it seems like a good time to take some distance and understand what the Portuguese constituency has gone through since the beginning of the crisis, what some of the (expected and maybe less expected) impacts were and evaluate the options for a way out of the crisis.

The world renowned global research institute Gallup[i] , in co-operation with the Brussels based consultancy LessMeansMore, and the support of the AIP Foundation are planning to present publicly in Portugal a study based on Gallup World Poll data[1] which is a yearly survey conducted in more than 160 countries, and covering a representative sample of 98% of the world’s adult population. The World Poll covers areas such as wellbeing, personal finance, safety and security, health, migration, good governance, confidence in leadership and the economy, entrepreneurship, job creation, education and global affairs. This projects aims to provide decision-makers in all areas and sectors with crucial and timely intelligence to build business, economic and policy strategies. You can find two recently published polls of Gallup on Portuguese Trust in Banks and Austerity Policies (including Portugal) at: http://www.gallup.com/poll/165245/portuguese-trust-banks-buoyant-bailout-countries.aspx and http://www.scribd.com/doc/172138343/Gallup-Debating-Europe-Poll-Austerity-Policies

Widely utilised by governments and international institutions, Gallup’s expertise in human development and wellbeing measurements and behavioural economics data have been over the last few years used in a number of wellbeing measurement projects and initiatives, including  (but not limited to) the Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing Index[2], the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Better Life Index[3], the Legatum Index[4] and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s World Happiness Report[5].

Our event will help policy-, decision-makers, academics, civil society and media representatives put in perspective how  the Portuguese population has been reacting to the socio-economic crisis and major reforms as well as what impact these had on several topics: people’s subjective and experiential wellbeing and optimism, their confidence in their country’s governance and economy, their confidence in the job situation and their attitudes toward entrepreneurship, their intention to migrate, their support to EU integration and their approval of the German leadership – topics particularly important some months before the May 2014 European elections. The presentation will be followed by Q&A with the floor.


The event will take place in the:

Associação Industrial Portuguesa

Feira Internacional de Lisboa

Travessa da Guarda, Nº 3

1300-3017 Lisboa



Language:  ENGLISH 


You will still receive an Agenda for this event at a later stage.

The number of places is limited. To register please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (tel: +351213601034 D. Paula Tomé); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (+32497431233 Ms Ekaterina Chirkova)



About the partners

About Gallup

Gallup has studied human nature and behaviour for more than 75 years. Our reputation for delivering relevant, timely, and visionary research on what people around the world think and feel is the cornerstone of the organisation. Gallup employs many of the world's leading scientists in management, economics, psychology, and sociology, and our consultants assist leaders in identifying and monitoring behavioural economic indicators worldwide.

Gallup's 2,000 professionals in more than 40 offices around the world help leaders at every level of business, government and society improve organisational performance by understanding the voice of their constituencies.

In carrying out surveys in more than 160 countries around the world over seven decades, Gallup has developed vast expertise in applied social sciences, policy research, evaluation and behavioural economics, providing measurement-based strategic advice to public and private organisations.

In Europe Gallup started survey research in 1937 and is dedicated to researching issues with a pan-European or global spread. Gallup serves all stakeholder groups ranging from European national governments and the European Union's institutions and agencies, to global businesses, international institutions, academia, and civil society organisations.

More about Gallup: http://www.gallup.com/region/en-us/europe.aspx


About LessMeansMore

LessMeansMore - www.lessmeansmore.org - is a Brussels based consultancy created in 2010 by Mr Paulo Casaca, Former Member of the European Parliament for Azorean, Portuguese and European constituencies and President of the “Land Use and Food Policy Intergroup” (LUFPIG). The main focus of the company is to study, defend and launch sustainable systems for a stricter use of the natural resources that will provide more services of better quality to more people. LessMeansMore has been providing consultancy work regarding renewable energies, including a project for the US solar panel producer First Solar, as well as specific services in the domain of sustainable development for several organisations, namely in South Asia. It is now focussing on macroeconomic analysis.


About Fundação AIP

AIP Foundation, established in 1995, by the Portuguese Industrial Association - Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.aip.pt), intends to promote, sponsor and perform actions aiming the development of the Portuguese companies, in technical, economic, associative and business areas, boosting innovation, competitive intelligence, entrepreneurship, growth and competitiveness. AIP Foundation activity is based on the following values: sciences, culture, social responsibility and business ethics, human development and sustainable development. Within the framework of the goals pursued there are three important programs: Strategic Program of University-Enterprise Interaction; Strategic Program of Enterprise Internationalization; and, Strategic Enterprise Modernization and Social Cohesion Program.


[1] For more on the Gallup World Poll visit http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/en-us/worldpoll.aspx

[2] More about the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index: http://www.well-beingindex.com/

[3] More about the OECD’s Better Life Index: http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/

[4] More about the Legatum Index: http://www.prosperity.com/Ranking.aspx

[5] More about the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s World Happiness Report: http://unsdsn.org/files/2013/09/WorldHappinessReport2013_online.pdf



"A Crise Económica e política: perceções e realidades"

Organizado conjuntamente

Gallup Europe & LessMeansMore & Fundação AIP

Quinta-feira, 31 de Outubro 2013

Horário: 10:00 - 12:30


  Rounded Rectangle: A Gallup Europe, a LessMeansMore e a Fundação AIP vão realizar um seminário “A Crise Económica e Política: Perceções e Realidades”, no próximo dia 31 de Outubro, nas instalações da Fundação AIP, Travessa da Guarda, Nº 3, Lisboa, pelo que gostaríamos de contar com a sua presença.





A crise económica e social teve um impacto multifacetado em toda a Europa num contexto em que a a confiança na liderança política e empresarial têm sido abaladas. Medidas de austeridade drásticas foram tomadas na maioria dos Estados Membros da União Europeia e, mais recentemente, o Fundo Monetário Internacional (FMI), a Comissão Europeia e o Banco Central Europeu (BCE), a denominada Troika, parecem menos claros quanto ao que devem ser os resultados positivos esperados e se o ritmo das medidas estaria certo. Neste contexto, este é o momento oportuno para se tomar uma certa distância e perceber como a sociedade portuguesa viu a crise desenrolar-se desde o seu início, quais foram alguns dos impactos (esperados e porventura os menos esperados) e avaliar as opções para uma saída  da crise.

O instituto de pesquisa global de renome mundial Gallup, em colaboração com a consultora baseada em Bruxelas Lessmeansmore, e com o apoio da Fundação AIP, planeiam apresentar publicamente em Portugal um estudo baseado em dados da Gallup World Poll[1], resultante de um inquérito anual realizado em mais de 160 países e abrangendo uma amostra representativa de 98% da população adulta mundial. O World Poll abrange áreas como o bem-estar, finanças pessoais, segurança, saúde, migração, boa governabilidade, confiança na liderança e na economia, empreendedorismo, criação de emprego, educação e negócios internacionais. Este projeto visa fornecer aos responsáveis pelas tomadas de decisão de todas as áreas e sectores, a inteligência crítica e em tempo oportuno para definir estratégias empresariais, económicas e políticas. Duas recentes publicações da Gallup acerca de da Confiança dos Portugueses nos Bancos e Políticas de Austeridade (nomeadamente Portugal) encontra-se disponível em:  http://www.gallup.com/poll/165245/portuguese-trust-banks-buoyant-bailout-countries.aspx e http://www.scribd.com/doc/172138343/Gallup-Debating-Europe-Poll-Austerity-Policies

A capacidade da Gallup tem sido amplamente utilizada nos últimos anos por governos e instituições internacionais, no que se refere a medidas de desenvolvimento e bem-estar humanos  assim como dados sobre economia comportamental num número considerável de projetos e iniciativas, incluindo (mas não apenas) o Índice de Bem-Estar “Gallup-Healthways”[2],  o Índice de Qualidade de Vida da Organização para Cooperação Económica e Desenvolvimento (OCDE)[3],  o Índice “Legatum”[4] e o “UN Sustainable Development Solutions  Network’s World hapiness Report”[5].

Esta iniciativa destina-se a apoiar os decisores económicos, empresariais e políticos, assim como os académicos, a sociedade civil e os representantes da comunicação social , a perspetivarem a forma como a população portuguesa tem reagido à crise social e económica e às medidas políticas, bem como o impacto que estas tiveram em várias áreas: bem-estar subjetivo e objetivo e no otimismo das pessoas, na sua confiança relativa à governação do país e economia, na confiança e situação dos trabalhadores e nas suas atitudes em relação ao empreendedorismo, intenção de emigrar, o seu apoio ao processo de integração europeia e aprovação da liderança alemã – temas particularmente importantes alguns meses antes das eleições europeias de Maio de 2014. A apresentação será seguida por uma sessão de perguntas e respostas com os participantes.

O Seminário terá lugar nas instalações da:

Fundação AIP

Travessa da Guarda, Nº 3

(Junto ao Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, Praça das Indústrias)

1300-3017 Lisboa Portugal

Língua de trabalho: inglês

Vai receber brevemente a agenda relativa a este seminário.

O número de lugares é limitado, por favor envie o seu pedido de registo para: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (tel: +351213601034 D. Paula Tomé); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (tel: +32497431233 Ms Ekaterina Chirkova).

[1] Para mais informacoes visite http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/en-us/worldpoll.aspx

[2] Mais sobre o Índice de Bem-Estar Gallup-Healthways: http://www.well-beingindex.com/

[3] Mais sobre o Índice de Qualidade de Vida da OCDE: http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/

[4] Mais sobre o Índice Legatum: http://www.prosperity.com/Ranking.aspx

[5] Mais sobre o UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s World Happiness Report: http://unsdsn.org/files/2013/09/WorldHappinessReport2013_online.pdf

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