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 has submitted a grant proposal to the German Research Foundation for funding to collect primary data. Several papers on the basis of secondary data have been submitted for publication in international outlets; two of them have already been published. Results of our research were also presented at national and international conferences.

Fact sheet

2017 to 2021
in preparation
Data Sources: 
survey data
Geographic Space: