The Transnational Network Method
The Initiative and Referendum Institute has its headquarters in Marburg/Germany and is a government-registered association under German law. However, the organisation and working methods of the institute are strictly transnational and decentralised.
This means that key collaborators of the Institute live in different places across Europe, that Board meetings are mainly held electronically and that all members of staff combine their work with IRI with other professional commitments as journalists, professors, politicians or in other expert fields.
The main decision-making body of the Institute is the Council, which meets at least once a year in person and stakes out the operational strategies of the Institute. Advisers and contributors from across the world support and assist the Institute in its work – based on a transnational networking method.