In this research, I explore the topic of public opinion in the context of internationalized governance. I investigate how citizens in former communist countries of the European Union process and evaluate issues of international development – from the perspective of their countries’ new roles as emerging donors.
I aim to unravel whether and how European citizens from post-communist countries differ from the rest of the European public in their attitudes towards offering development aid and development assistance in general, and also how attitudes towards international development and support for democracy interact in each national context. Second, I conduct a critical case-study on Romania, trying to establish whether the public and the elites converge on matters pertaining to international development, and whether change may be on the way.
This project is innovative through its re-configuration of political culture to include attitudes towards both national and supranational and transnational political objects. In so doing, this project is truly interdisciplinary. It is an attempt to democratize international relations, to investigate how values and attitudes can change policy at both national and international level.
This research consists of both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. The quantitative part of this research includes analysis of comparative public opinion data reflecting measures of both political culture and support for and information regarding international development in new EU member states. The datasets included in the analysis are:
- Eurobarometer (general and special)
- European Values Surveys
- World Values Surveys
- Transatlantic Trends Surveys
- National surveys (tables attached)
The qualitative part of the research is structured around interviews with people involved in the formulation of policy for development in Romania (decision makers, civil society representatives and scholars), and, as much as possible in other Central European countries. This research phase is still being conducted.
UEFISCDI Postdoctoral Grant
(competition 2011, PN-II-RU-PD-2011-3-0068)
About the Author
Reconstructing Political Culture
is lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Babes-Bolyai University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine and his MA in European politics and policy from the University of Manchester. His research interests center upon understanding the roles of political culture (political values, beliefs, attitudes and participatory behavior) in the process of democratic transition and consolidation, and also the its possible applications in the field of international relations and development.
Bogdan Mihai RADU