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Katerina Vrablikova

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20092020
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Research interests

My research focuses on comparative political behavior, social movements and the quality of democracy. I am primarily interested in how societal and state structure shape activism and preferences of individuals as well as of advocacy groups. I combine quantitative (multi-level modeling of comparative surveys, time-series analysis) and qualitative (comparative case studies, case-control studies) approaches. Geographically, I focus on advanced industrialized societies and East Central Europe.

Teaching interests

I teach a variety of courses focused on comparative politics, political participation, political attitudes and culture, social movements and research methods

Willing to supervise PhD

Generally, I am happy to supervise PhD dissertations focused on advocacy groups (social movements, interest groups), citizen politics (political behavior, public opinion) and the quality of democracy in Eastern Europe. 

 

Specific topics: 

Democratic citizenship and global threats in Western Democracies

The goal of this project will be to study how various large-scale threats that contemporary democratic societies face, such as environmental risks, terrorism, mass migration, affect democratic citizenship in Western democracies. Drawing on risk perception literature, the project will emphasize the discursive dimension of the large-scale threats, i.e. the way how risky issues are framed and made salient by various political actors. The project will analyse how the framing of global threats is used to mobilise individual citizens – their cognition and emotions, policy attitudes and political behaviour (protest, voting). This project will require a multilevel design that will study the interaction between macro-, meso- and individual-level of analysis. It can be approached via qualitative methods (multilevel qualitative studies of “risky” situations), quantitative methods (fielding survey experiments or multilevel modelling of existing comparative survey data) as well as with the combination of both.

 

Advocacy groups and democratic backsliding in Eastern Europe

The goal of the project is to study the role of social movements, interest groups and civil society organisations in democratic backsliding in contemporary Eastern European democracies. Unlike at the beginning of the 1990s when democracy was “the only and the best” type of political regime, major political actors – prime ministers, significant political parties, and prominent figures of political life – are now challenging the democratic system of government in the region. What role do various advocacy organisations play in this process and what determines their advocacy strategies? The project will draw on social movement literature and literature on democratic backsliding. It will require some form of primary data collection (semi-structured interviews, protest event analysis, organisational survey or protest surveys) and elaboration of efficient comparative design (over-time or across countries).

 

Keywords

  • JA Political science (General)
  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • HM Sociology

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Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 2009 2019

What Kind of Democracy? Participation, Inclusiveness and Contestation

Vrablikova, K., 18 Aug 2016, New York, U. S. A. : Routledge. 230 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

1 Citation (Scopus)
14 Downloads (Pure)

Conducive Contexts: The Impact of Collective and Individual Social Capital on Democratic Citizenship

Vrablikova, K. & van Deth, J. W., 1 Jan 2017, In : Acta Politica. 52, 1, p. 23–42 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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44 Citations (Scopus)
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