In this research, I explore the topic of public opinion in the context of internationalized governance. More specifically, 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 (re)emerging donors. Therefore, I identify the following inter-related objectives:
(O1) To explore how new and traditional members of the European Union differ in their attitudes and perceptions of international development – in the context in which the EU is the most important donor in the field. This exploratory analysis will allow for identifying differences between European citizens from “old” and “new” member states.
(O2) To investigate how international development as political object pertaining to the international arena can be integrated in broader belief systems specific to democratic societies; I aim to understand how societal constructions of democracy at the domestic level relate to and influence perceptions of international development. I consider this attempt to “transfer” the concept of political culture into the international arena to be one of the major contributions of my research.
(O3) To examine the interaction mechanisms between how Romanian elite and public perceive international development and democracy, and thus contribute to the growing body of knowledge reflecting the (re)construction of political culture in Central and Eastern Europe.
(O4) To conduct academic research with relevance for policy makers, especially in the context in which Romania, and the other recent EU members have to become more engaged in the policy of offering international assistance. Therefore, one objective of my research is also to reach audiences outside of the academic arena, and to create a critical category of stakeholders including policy makers and non-governmental organizations.
Reconstructing Political Culture
About the Author
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