DISC Seminar Series: Exogenous Influences on Political Trust in Central Europe

October 14, 2010 - 15:30 - 17:15
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
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Mihail Chiru (CEU) will present a paper on 'Exogenous Influences on Political Trust in Central Europe' coauthored with Sergiu Gherghina (Leiden University).


This comparative analysis of the Central European countries illustrates how EU accession modifies the attitude towards domestic institutions. Using cross-national and longitudinal survey data from the Candidate Countries’ (2002-2003) and Standard Eurobarometers (2004-2006), we show that political confidence revolves around trust in the EU and the expectations regarding the evolution of the national economy. Our pooled and country-level analyses reveal that these determinants get stronger after accession thus supporting our central argument according to which there occurs a third phase in the formation of attitudes towards institutions in post-communist Europe. Therefore, after the initial attitudes of the 1990s, when attention was focused on short term expectations, a change has taken place – prompted by imminent EU accession – whereby people use the EU as reference point.

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