Nume: Dr. Bogdan Mihai RADU

Tema: Relaţii, sisteme şi raporturi politice in cadru internaţional: de la George Sofronie la epoca globalizării

Partener: Academia Romană - Filiala Cluj a Academiei Romane, Institutul de Istorie George Bariţiu, Cluj-Napoca

Proiect: Public Opinion and Internationalized Governance. A longitudinal study of societal support for European policies in Romania, 2007-2011

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Bogdan Mihai RADU is assistant professor 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. More recently Bogdan became interested in how political culture as a concept firmly grounded in political science can be applied in a field traditionally considered different, that of international relations.

Public Opinion and Internationalized Governance. A longitudinal study of societal support for European policies in Romania, 2007-2011 - Project summary

In this research, I explore the topic of public opinion in the context of internationalized governance. More specifically, I investigate how Romanian citizens assess foreign policy issues and to what extent they link foreign interests to domestic policies, in relation to European Union (EU). The goal of this research, which covers the first 5 years of the Romanian EU membership (2007-2011), is two-fold. First, I present how European policies are processed and evaluated by Romanian citizens. Second, I investigate the ways in which the Romanian citizenry evaluates and integrates foreign and domestic policies, from a longitudinal perspective, and also drawing comparisons with other EU new member states. In my investigation, I bridge the gap between international relations and comparative politics, by constructing a theoretical framework that, while grounded in political culture, is applied to issues of foreign policy, which is appropriated primarily by international relations research. The data analysis of this research is the most important part and it includes the longitudinal analysis of Romanian public opinion data on information about and internalization and evaluation of European policies. Analyzing survey data in its evolution in time and in space is significant since it allows for the identification of specific policy changes and tracing of public opinion processes.

Publications (selected)

  • 1. 2011 – "Religious Determinants of Democratic Values", in András Máté-Tóth and Cosima Rughiniş (eds.), Spaces and Borders. Current Research on Religion in Central and Eastern Europe, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter (forthcoming)

  • 2. 2011 – "Romanian Youth under Change: Political Values and Attitudes" in Ronald King and/si Paul E. Sum (eds.), Romania under Basescu, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (forthcoming)

  • 3. 2010 - "Young believers or secular citizens? An exploratory study of the influence of religion on political attitudes and participation in Romanian high-school students", Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, vol. 9, no. 25, Spring 2010

  • 4. 2010 – "Explaining Political Participation in East Central Europe" (with Gabriel Badescu), in Mapping value orientations in Central and Eastern Europe. Brill Press: Leiden

  • 5. 2007 – "Traditional Believers and Secular Citizens. A Comparative Analysis of the Effects of Religion on Support for Democracy in East Central Europe", University of California, Irvine dissertation (UCI dissertations collections)