European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities

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Vol. 7, No. 1, January

University Students' Democratic Values and Attitudes towards Democracy in Hungary
1.IntroductionUniversity students have played an important role in revolutionary changes throughout Hungarian history (1848, 1956). Members of this age cohort are embedded both in the traditional values of their families and in the new ideas of youth...
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European Policy for Corporate Social Responsibility: Governance Context, Linkage with Sustainable Development and Crisis as a Policy Factor
1.The Corporate Social Responsibility Concept and Its Political ImplicationsWhat is social responsibility and how it is analyzed or applied by organizations (public or private), businesses, policy makers and institutions? The question about social responsibility...
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The Role of Religion in Students' Lives: Religiosity vs. Cultural Tradition
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)1.IntroductionReligion is one of the most complex phenomena in the history of mankind. In its foundation it is multidimensional, including several aspects: the individual, cultural, social, organizational....
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Vol. 6, No. 4, October

On the Elites in the Eastern European Post-Communist Countries: Political Elites in the Eastern European Political Regimes after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: An Interdisciplinary Methodological Approach
1.IntroductionOur model combines political methodology, political science and political culture theories in studying the impact of political elites on the operational dynamics of a polity, especially of the typical Central and Eastern European polity...
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Framing Political Populism in Contemporary Media Ecosystem
1.IntroductionPopulism as a political position and rhetorical style has been the object of comprehensive research and multi-faceted social discussions. The strong critical attitude of populists towards the status quo, towards what they regard as the...
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Vol. 6, No. 3, July

Putting out the Fire of Anti-Corruption Demands: The Symbolic Adoption of a National Anti-Corruption Office in Peru, 2007-2008
1.IntroductionCorruption is commonly and appropriately compared to cancer. Just as this terrible disease involves the existence of altered cells that attack their own biological system, so does public corruption involve the abuse of powers granted to...
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Maritime Spatial Planning as Evolving Policy in Europe: Attitudes, Challenges, and Trends
1.IntroductionMaritime or Marine1 Spatial Planning (MSP) has experienced an intense and dynamic growth on the international scale in recent years, and several practices have emerged from different continents and countries. In the EU, the legal provisions...
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Vol. 6, No. 2, April

7 from Authoritarianism to Europeanization? Paths to a Contestable European Future in Greece and Poland
1. IntroductionSituating Greece and Poland in a comparative perspective that explores the links between domestic politics, accession processes, and Europeanization, this paper explicates different Europeanization paths in two significant cases of the...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, 2017

Is There Any Light in the Tunnel? on the Drawbacks of Roma Educational Integration in Bulgaria
1.IntroductionAlarmingly, the latest Bulgarian census showed that 11.8% of the Roma in the country reported themselves as illiterate. A FRA agency multinational survey adds to that by describing the share of self-perceived illiterates among young Roma...
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Vol. 5, No. 4, October

Towards Agent-Based Simulation of Emerging and Large-Scale Social Networks. Examples of the Migrant Crisis and MMORPGs
1. IntroducereModern computing systems, along with the available software that follows hardware developments, represent a basis and prospects for analyses that were not available even a decade ago. Simulations of human or artificial agent behavior is...
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Republic of Macedonia and Citizen Participation in the Digital Age: Where Do We Stand?
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)1. Introduction"It took just 40 years for the first 50 million people to own a radio; just 16 years for the first 50 million people to own a PC; but just 5 years for the first 50 million to be on the...
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Inherited or Authentic Civic Passiveness among the Young People in Macedonia
1. IntroductionThis text will be focused on the values and the priorities of the young generation in Macedonia. It is inspired by one of the most acute problems of this society - large numbers of young people leaving the country. It motivated the analysis...
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Bodies and Tales. Grounds for an Interdisciplinary Exchange between Medical and Social Sciences
1.Sociology and the BodySociology's attention to health care is of recent origin. Talcott Parson's The Social System, published in 1951, and is commonly seen as the first systematic discussion of this distinctive social relation [1]. The Parsonian analysis...
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Central European MEPs as Agents of Two Principals. Party Cohesion in the European Parliament after Enlargement
1.Introduction: MEPs as Agents of Two PrincipalsDespite the fact that Central European countries have been member states of the European Union for over a decade, the knowledge about the activities of their Members of the European Parliament (MEPs1) is...
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Vol. 5, No. 3, July

Is the Communist Ghost Still Alive? Participative Democracy in Eastern Europe after the Fall of Berlin Wall. the Case of Post-Conflict Yugoslavia and East-Central Europe
IntroductionThe political changes which occurred in the former Communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s have arguably led to major social changes within them. The revolution created great expectations marked...
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Structure of Ideology. Evidence from Serbia
IntroductionAn important aspect of political culture concerns the way public attitudes towards various political objects and issues are organized. In political science it is typically assumed that the left-right ideological dimension captures the essential...
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(Post)Materialism, Satisfaction with Democracy and Support for Democracy in Eastern Europe
IntroductionIn the past several decades, (post)materialism has had a very important role in the political culture debates. In a number of studies, Ronald Inglehart (e.g. Inglehart, 1971; 1990; Inglehart&Abramson, 1999; Inglehart&Baker, 2000;...
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'Balkanism' as Discourse(s) of Power(lessness). towards the Questionability of Narrativism
IntroductionThis paper deals with three different issues. Firstly, how was it possible for the Westerners to construct the "Balkans" as they has been constructing it for two hundred old years, this serving not solely in the West but also throughout the...
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Overheads Reduction: Policy Change as a Political Innovation I
IntroductionThe study investigates the case of the overheads reduction initiative as a main shiftin the public policy from the perspective of the punctuated equilibrium theory and how it can be applied to its analysis. With the measures of the overheads...
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Vol. 5, No. 2, April

Processes of Individualization in the Presence of Strong Collective Identities
IntroductionIn the contemporary world we are imagining the process in which the citizen will start releasing himself/herself from more traditional clamps and try to create its personal identity according to his/her convictions and needs. Let us apply...
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Hierarchies of Identities in the Macedonian Multicultural Society: Findings from a Survey of Student Population
1. Introduction: Ethnic and National IdentityWhen it comes to social identity, one of the most exploited relationships in sociology and political science is the one of the ethnic (cultural) and national identity (identity arising from citizenship, of...
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Contesting Ethnocratic Spatial Order: Narrative Spaces in Skopje
IntroductionRearrangements to the spatial order and spatial organization of the cities often accompany major transformations of political systems. The collapse of numerous socialist regimes Eastern Europe in 1989 was one such social transformation. The...
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Political Values or the Value of Politics
IntroductionThe main idea for this paper derives from an everlasting question related to the motives of the citizens for their political engagement. More specifically, the roots of their aspirations to be involved (individually or within a political...
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Culture as a Resource in Nation-Building: The Case of Macedonia
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)IntroductionCulture is a very important resource in the formation and building of "nation-states, even for groups that are outside a country's borders. As a resource, it can unite or divide the nation....
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Democratic Values and Political Attitudes of the Macedonian Young People
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)1. IntroductionLate 20th century can be described as a flourishing period of the democratic societies' development. Before World War II, only 28% of countries worldwide claimed to be democratic. By the...
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The International Conference "Challenges of Contemporary Society": A General Presentation
Conference OrganizerInternational Conference "Challenges of Contemporary Society"Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical ResearchSs. Cyril and Methodius UniversitySkopje, Republic of Macedonia12 November 2015Conference PresentationOn the...
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Vol. 5, No. 1, January

Computational and Simulation Modeling of Political Attitudes: The "Tiger" Area of Political Culture Research 1
IntroductionThere are quite few paradigms which have shaped the development of computational and simulation modeling of political attitudes. The classic model-invariant paradigm which makes intensive use of empirical data in order to identify patterns...
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Visualizing Public Opinion in Croatia Based on Available Social Network Content 1
1. IntroductionAs demonstrated in some of our previous studies, social network services available online represent one of the best examples of globalization made real by the power of the Internet and provide us with new and unseen possibilities to study...
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Vol. 4, No. 4, October

Realist Stronghold in the Land of Thucydides? Appraising and Resisting a Realist Tradition in Greece
IntroductionWho cares about 'realist strongholds'? Who cares about the 'land of Thucydides'? In the first place, is there such a land and what would it mean? More or less obviously, the term is used for a hopefully eloquent reference to Greece. However,...
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Pericles and the Challenge of Democratic Leadership
Pericles and the Challenge of Democratic Leadership Book: "Pericles of Athens", by Vincent Azoulay Translated by Janet Lloyd, Foreword by Paul Cartledge Published by Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014 ISBN-10: 0691154597 ISBN-13: 978-0691154596...
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Living off Dead Premises: The Persistence of Enlightenment Mentalities in the Making of Social Science
IntroductionWhen social science developed in the nineteenth century, Enlightenment premises guided its historical development as intellectual endeavour. Social science was an Enlightenment science. Premises like progress, the superiority of the West,...
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Vol. 4, No. 3, July

Political Cynicism and Kynicism of Croatian Citizens. Profiles of Political Thinking and Behavior
IntroductionCynicism (Greek ????sµo?, kynismós, literally "dog-like") as a modern phenomenon usually bears a meaning of ironical arrogance, rejection, contempt, and scorn towards established moral values and aggressive conduct towards others (see HJP,...
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Big Data Analytics and the Social Web: A Tutorial for the Social Scientist
1. IntroductionNever has there been so much data about social behavior of people, and never has this data been as accessible as today. According to (Statista, 2014) approximately 1.8 billion Internet users are using social networking applications in...
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Greece's Horizons: Reflecting the Country's Assets and Capabilities
Greece's Horizons: Reflecting the Country's Assets and Capabilities Pantelis Sklias and Nikolaos Tzifakis (Editors) The Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy - Series on European and International Affairs Published by Springer Heidelberg New...
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Vol. 4, No. 2, April

Individual and Country Level Determinants of (Post)Materialist Values in Eastern Europe
1. IntroductionSince Inglehart's seminal work (Inglehart, 1971), postmaterialist values, understood as assigning priorities to self-expression and quality of life as opposed to physical and economic security, have become a very important heuristic tool...
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Improving Democracy: A Pipe Dream? Benefiting from Parallels with the Corporate World and ... Nature
1. IntroductionAll around the world, we can see democracy failing. Just look at today's widespread political struggles - anywhere from Egypt, Zimbabwe and Venezuela to Syria and the Ukraine. Strangely enough, in the late 1990s, the political scientist,...
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Ethnic Diversity of Population in Vojvodina at the Beginning of the 21st Century
1. IntroductionThe need to examine the ethnic structure of population and the specificity of ethnic groups is indisputable in countries or regions that are characterized by a large number of ethnic communities, because good interethnic relations are...
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Projects in Academic Institutions: Between Bureaucracy and Post-Bureaucracy
1. Entrepreneurial vs. Hierarchical StructureCurrently, as many organisations tend to adopt a more entrepreneurial culture instead of a hierarchical structure, a project is becoming a prevalent work form (Rajan, Wulf, 2006). Introduced in late 1950s...
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Populists as Chameleons? an Adaptive Learning Approach to the Rise of Populist Politicians
1. IntroductionDuring the past decades, we have regularly witnessed remarkable surges of populist parties. The stunning success of Beppe Grillo's Five Star movement at the Italian general elections in 2013 provides a prominent example. Often, these anti-establishment...
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Europe's Contending Identities: Supranationalism, Ethnoregionalism, Religion, and New Nationalism
"Europe's Contending Identities: Supranationalism, Ethnoregionalism, Religion, and New Nationalism" Andrew C. Gould and Anthony M. Messina (Editors) Cambridge University Press, 2014 ISBN 9781107036338Two recent, very different but critical events in...
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Vol. 4, No. 1, January

Political Culture and Covalent Bonding. A Conceptual Model of Political Culture Change
Motto:"A molecular bipole of small molecular moment, which would scarcely attract a similar molecule, will be very appreciably attracted by a polar molecule or bipole of high moment, and may form with it a double molecule. In this process the weaker...
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Recovering the Past. Eastern European Web Mining Platforms for Reconstructing Political Attitudes
1. IntroductionThere are few computational and simulation modeling approaches of the complex political change phenomena known as the Fall of Berlin Wall. Though intensively investigated since the 1990s, this research has uncovered a complex milieu of...
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An Introduction to Social Semantic Web Mining & Big Data Analytics for Political Attitudes and Mentalities Research
1. IntroductionThe world wide web and especially the social web represents a vast repository where "millions of people, on thousands of sites, across hundreds of diverse cultures, leave "trails" about various aspects of their lives' (Schatten, 2011,...
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Old Age Stigmatization
1. IntroductionSurprisingly, the discourse on ageism hardly profits from stigma research despite their common denominator-discrimination. Up to now, stigma research has been carried out mainly by psychologists focusing on individuals' perceptions and...
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Vol. 3, No. 4, October

Eurosceptics in Lithuania: On the Margins of Politics?
1. IntroductionAlready ten years have passed since the European Union (EU) accession referendum in Lithuania. During the referendum campaign in 2003 organizers had doubts about whether Lithuanians would come and vote."Lithuanian political elites awaited...
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Political Attitudes, Values, and Procedures in the Young Eastern European Democracies. A Case Study on the Attitudes toward Democracy of the Macedonian Students
1. Introduction'Democracy' is one of the most used and arguable concepts in more recent history, i.e. in the age of so- called Third Wave of democratization and particularly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The definitions and the operationalizing...
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"International Politics in Times of Change"
"International Politics in Times of Change" Nikolaos Tzifakis (Editor) The Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy - Series on European and International Affairs Published by Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2012 ISBN 9 78-3-642-21954-2Any...
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Vol. 3, No. 3, July

The Art of the Possible. towards a Cognitive Model for Political Action Choice1
1. IntroductionThis paper represents the view of a computational social modeller, not an expert in political theory or literature. This is therefore somewhat of an outsider's view of what might be appropriate. It outlines a proposal for a possible cognitive...
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On Mechanism, Process and Polity: An Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation Approach1
Motto:"But there is more to social mechanisms than just individual interactions..."21. IntroductionSocial modeling is understood as a complex way of explaining social phenomena. It has been successfully used in Social Simulation as a way of explaining...
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Vol. 3, No. 2, April

Does Institutional Trust in East Central Europe Differ from Western Europe?
1. IntroductionTrust is a complex psychological and social phenomenon: it implies confidence that people or institutions are likely to behave in an expected way [Rose-Ackerman 2001a]. Due to its intriguing nature and alleged importance, trust has gained...
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"Trust Me, I Know What I'm Doing!" Competence Fields as a Means of Establishing Political Leadership
1. IntroductionProblems of political leadership have recently not only arisen considerable scientific interest, but also found their way into the European Commission's research priorities (European Commission, 2013). The roles of political leadership...
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The Potentials of Normative Sustainability. an Analysis of Sustainable Development Strategies on Global, Supranational and National Levels1
1. IntroductionSustainable development has become a buzzword in political and bureaucratic discourse in the past two decades and has long passed the point of being a neologism. In fact, the term increasingly pervades the everyday life of global citizenry...
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The EU's Eastern Partnership as International Governance: What Is the Role of the Civil Society?1
1. IntroductionThe European Neighbourhood policy (ENP), established by the EU in 2003/2004, and ENP first Action plans with the EU's eastern and southern neighbours, which started to be implemented since 2004, as the important EU's external policies...
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Revolution and Democracy in the Early Romanian Modernity of the 19th Century
1. Introduction1.1 The importance of the problemThe recent scholarship in the field of the origins of modern institutions and nation-state agrees upon placing at the origins of those processes two basic pillars: the Revolution (in its multiple incarnations...
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The Necessity of a New Welfare Culture in the Context of Financial Crisis in Greece1
1. IntroductionSeveral analysts of the role of culture in social policies suggest that it is a very important aspect in determining their function (Jo, 2011; Marshall, 1972, van Oorschot, 2000). But, it should be noted that there is a lack of research...
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Vol. 3, No. 1, January

Etnography and Reflexivity
1. IntroductionThis essay deals with a relevant and controversial topic - objectivity in ethnographic research. More specifically, I would like to examine how reflexive procedures, more precisely "reflexive account", can increase the robustness of results...
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Dimensions of Ideology. A Review of Social-Psychological Literature12
1. Introduction. Dimensions of IdeologySocial sciences often conceptualize ideology as a relatively organized set of attitudes towards various social and political objects that could be derived from more general values and world-views. However, disagreements...
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Intrinsic or Instrumental Support for Democracy in a Post-Communist Society. the Case of Serbia1
1. IntroductionDuring the third wave of democratization (Huntington, 1991), the majority of former communist countries underwent the process of transition towards the multiparty political system and free market, i.e. democracy. One of the most important...
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Eastern European Political Socialization Modeling Research: A Literature Review
1. IntroductionMuch of the political culture research focused on the Eastern European post-communist regimes is concerned with the political attitudes of the individual citizens towards the politicians, state or government. Many observational studies...
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Vol. 2, No. 4, October

An Overview of Research on Political Attitudes in Croatia
AbstractThe article presents an overview of research on political attitudes in Croatia since the beginning of 1990s. There is a considerable number of works investigating political attitudes, written mainly by political scientists, psychologists and...
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Contemporary Politics Lost in Dead Ends? - Not Necessarily!
Editorial Note"Politics does not create ideals, that is the task of philosophy. It does not calm thoughts or passions, that is the task of faith. It does not care for nuances, nor does it study peculiarities, for these belong to the field of literature....
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Opinion Polls, Voters' Intentions and Expectations in the 2011 Croatian Parliamentary Elections
AbstractDecades of research still providing no clear answer to the question of pre-election poll influence on voter decision making, some authors have proposed the shiftin focus to be made from research of "poll effects" to research of "preconditions...
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Internal Memory Divided: Conspiratorial Thinking, Ideological and Historical Cleavages in Croatia. Lessons for Europe
AbstractThis paper explores the main cleavages of the Croatian body politic, their interrelation and consequences for political behavior and collective identities through the two nationally representative surveys conducted in 2007 and 2012 in time of...
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Democracy without Citizens: Inadequate Consolidation in Two Decades of the Western Balkans Democracy
AbstractPotential candidate countries of the Western Balkans have to be(come) stable democracies in order to be allowed to join the European Union (EU). In reaching this goal they are, besides economic and institutional challenges, being contingent upon...
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Essays on Political Actors and Attitudes: Do They Constitute Distributed Reflexivity? Part 3: Long-Term Dynamics towards Deliberative Democracy
AbstractIn this final part of our series of essays we discuss the consequences of our earlier stated hypotheses that in times of well-being the logic of appropriateness prevails among both the constituencies and their political representatives, while...
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Vol. 2, No. 3, July

Essays on Political Actors and Attitudes:: Do They Constitute Distributed Reflexivity? Part 2: A Dynamical Typology of Rationality
AbstractWhat is the relationship between the logic that guides political attitudes of constituencies and the logic of political actors, whose legitimacy is rooted in electoral choice of the constituencies? Classical approaches, such as the median voter...
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Computational Modeling and Simulation of Attitude Change Part 1: Connectionist Models and Simulations of Cognitive Dissonance. an Overview
AbstractCognitive Dissonance Theory is considered part of the cognitive consistency theories in Social Psychology. They uncover a class of conceptual models which describe the attitude change as a cognitive consistency-seeking issue. As these conceptual...
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Indicators of Democratic Awareness in the Republic of Macedonia1
AbstractThe Republic of Macedonia, as a relatively young democratic country, gained its independence in the year 1991 following the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In this sense, the Macedonian society is regarded as a society...
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Old/New Identities - the Case of Macedonia1
AbstractIn this paper we will begin with the argument that identities are subject of permanent change. In these processes we will stress the importance of the used resources and the impact of governing structures in constructing someone's' collective...
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"Stateness and Sovereign Debt: Greece in the European Conundrum"
"Stateness and Sovereign Debt: Greece in the European Conundrum" by Kostas A. Lavdas, Spyridon N. Litsas, Dimitrios V. Skiadas Lexington Books, UK, 2013 ISBN 978-0-7391-8126-3 Book Review by Camelia Florela Voinea Faculty of Political Science, University...
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"On Democracy within the United Europe" (in Romanian: "Despre Democratie îN Europa Unita")
"On Democracy within the United Europe" (in Romanian: "Despre democratie În Europa unita") by Iulia Motoc Humanitas Publishers, Bucharest, Romania, 2012 ISBN 978-973-50-3571-6 Book Review by Radu Carp Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest,...
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Vol. 2, No. 2, April

The Electoral System and Women's Political Representation in Romania
AbstractTaking into account the influence of mentalities and attitudes on the construction of the political imaginary, the author is questioning the possibility if the parity or the quotas can become in the future a source of inspiration for the political...
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Essays on Political Actors and Attitudes: Do They Constitute Distributed Reflexivity? Part 1: Median Voter Theorem vs. Competence Fields
AbstractEuropean political elites are faced with a loss of trust and the emergence of a growing number of sometimes rather obscure new political movements. How is this to be explained? What is the relationship between the logic that guides political...
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The Balkans, Europe's Distant Back Yard: Identity - Alterity, Necessity - Arbitrariness1
AbstractIn this paper we are trying to re-examine the importance of role of the Balkans in the imagery of (Western) Europe. We want to shed light on three points. Necessity of Europe's through the Otherness, peculiarities of Europe's perception of the...
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The Future Geopolitical Patterns and the Balkan States. Prediction from the Perspective of Geopolitical Theory1
AbstractThis paper provides a prediction of future geopolitical patterns related to the Balkan states, on the basis of assumptions offered by the Geopolitical Theory. In general, on the long-term, it is shown that the Balkan states are excluded from...
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Serbian Political Heritage and Its Influence on the Capacity Building in Environmental Policy1
AbstractThis paper analyzes the construction and capacity building of environmental policy in post-communist Serbia. It will be argued that Serbian political heritage and limited democratic experience lead to weak political-economic progress, lack of...
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Ecofeminist Ideology of Petra Kelly: The Challenges of Modern Political Thought1
AbstractPetra Kelly (1947-1992) has remained recorded in history as one of the true icons of modern German and European environmental movement. Combining the ideas of feminism, peace, nonviolence, ecology (environmental protection) and social justice,...
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"Agent-Based Computational Sociology"
"Agent-Based Computational Sociology" by Flaminio Squazzoni John Wiley and Sons,Chichester, West Sussex, UK, 2012 ISBN 978-0-470-71174-3 Book Review by Martin Neumann Institute for information Systems in Business and Public Administration University...
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"Silence in Politics. Essays"
"Silence in Politics. Essays" (in Romanian: "Tacerea În politica. Eseuri") by Alexandra Petrescu Eikon Publishers, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2011 Foreword, by Radu Carp; Afterword, by Liliana Nicorescu; Illustrations, by Oana GÎrbea ISBN 978-973-757-539-5...
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"Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions"
"Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions" Lisa L. Moore, Joanna Brooks and Caroline Wigginton (Eds.) Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York, 2012 Book Review by Alexandra Petrescu Postdoctoral Researcher Affiliated with the "Sexuality...
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Vol. 2, No. 1, January

On the Importance of Frailty in Social Science Theory (and Other Lessons of Agent-Based Modeling)1
AbstractThis paper is about the theoretical implications of agent-based modeling exercises. Construction of an agent-based model challenges a social scientist to formalize many concepts and relationships that would have remained implicit or unrecognized....
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Briberyscape: An Artificial Society-Based Simulation Model of Corruption's Emergence and Growth1
AbstractThis paper introduces the Corruption Emergence Model (CE Model), an artificial society-based simulation model of the corruption emergence. The model considers the attitude change as a generative mechanism. The attitude changes are described and...
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Cooperation in Networked Populations of Selfish Adaptive Agents: Sensitivity to Learning Speed1
AbstractThis paper investigates the evolution of cooperation in iterated Prisoner's Dilemma (IPD) games with individually learning agents, subject to the structure of the interaction network. In particular, we study how Tit-for-Tat or All-Defection comes...
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Model Replication in the Context of Agent-Based Simulation. Lessons Learnt from Two Case Studies1
AbstractThis paper examines model replication in the context of agent-based simulation through two case studies. Replication of a computational model and validation of its results is an essential tool for scientific researchers, but it is rarely used...
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Insights into the Political Conditions in the Western Balkans
Insights Into the Political Conditions in the Western BalkansUnderstanding of complex social processes that took place in the Balkans in the past two decades is inseparable both from the specificities of the conflict in former Yugoslavia and the collapse...
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Vol. 1, No. 1, September

Advances in the Simulation-Based Analysis of Attitude Change
AbstractIn this paper we provide an overview of the most relevant research work on the simulation of attitudes which evolved in the late 90's and mainly after the year 2000. The general framework for the modeling, simulation and computational research...
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Multiculturalism as A Model: Between Idea and Reality
AbstractIn this paper the main issue of analysis is the prosperity of the multicultural model and its sustainability in course of the practice and debates. The reality showed that it is difficult to bit the nation-state and the liberal model of democracy...
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Theorizing Precommitment in European Integration: Mending the Constraints of Ulysses
AbstractThe paper engages with the debate on Europe's prospects by using Elster's constraint theory to develop a model of precommitment in a context of diffuse reciprocity as a condition for interactive Europeanization. The current crisis constitutes...
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From Corrupt to Knowledge Societies: How to Change Mentality?1
AbstractIn search of an answer to the questions of what a knowledge society is and how it emerges we draw connections between the macro-institutional theory of the American political economist Douglass C. North and the theory of micro-social mechanisms...
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Urbanisation History of Slovenia in the Context of Eastern and South-Eastern European Countries
AbstractCompared to industrially well-developed western European countries, which after the Second World War experienced intense growth of urban population, Slovenian urban system marked a distinctive form of polycentric development supported by specific...
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Developing Responsible Citizens in Serbia: The Case of Ecological Citizenship
AbstractThe analysis relies on the concepts of participative democracy and ecological citizenship. The paper discusses dilemmas related to development of (ecological) citizenship in matured democratic systems as well as in post-socialist countries. The...
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