Citizens’ Multidimensional National Identities and Foreign Policy Attitudes in Different Contexts

Research question/goal: 

The project investigates citizens’ national identities and foreign policy attitudes in five European countries. Utilizing parallel multi-wave panel surveys conducted in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, and the UK, the project compares different forms of national identities and their effects on foreign policy attitudes along three trajectories—within-country heterogeneity, cross-cultural differences, and inter-temporal change. Conceptually, the project understands national identities as multidimensional phenomena consisting of self-categorization, commitment, and a content dimension of values, norms, and stereotypes. Because borders have become increasingly porous, foreign policy is understood in a broad sense to include traditional foreign policy issues as well as issues related to foreigners and foreignness. Theoretically, the project draws on a macro–micro model, in which the identities and their effects are interwoven with the societal context via the top-down mechanisms of socialization and communication. Accordingly, the project analyses cross-national and temporal variation in national identities as well as the—presumably interacting—effects of the different identity dimensions.

Current stage: 

The project team is currently preparing a grant proposal to be submitted to the German Research Foundation (DFG) for funding to collect primary data. On the basis of secondary data analyses, several papers have been prepared for publication in international outlets; two of them have already been accepted for publication. We presented the results of our research at national and international conferences.

Fact sheet

Funding: 
MZES
Duration: 
2017 to 2021
Status: 
in preparation
Data Sources: 
survey data
Geographic Space: 
Europe

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