Individual Responses to International Democratizing Action (IRIDA)

Research question/goal: 

This project focuses on the field of international democracy promotion and has three aims: conceptual innovation, data gathering and hypotheses testing. First, it conceptualizes the types of outside democratizing actions: evaluations (whether electoral competition functioned in a desirable manner) and interventions (conditioning benefits on the content of the evaluation). The project develops a theory of how the different combinations of actions impact individual attitudes toward the state of democratic rights, toward particular political parties and toward the outside actor/s. The theory suggests that a respondents’ attitude toward the governing party and toward the foreign actor, together with the expectation of benefits from agreeing with the outsider’s position, dictate individual responses. Second, in order to collect data, representative surveys will be conducted in Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Bosnia, Ukraine and Turkey. Third, the new data will allow researchers to test hypotheses about who changes their mind and in what ways if outsiders intervene in a democracy. European and German foundations (DFG) will be approached for funding this 3-year project.

Current stage: 

Data collection of the project is almost completed. The associated researchers have published one paper, are working on a second one, and have a book under review. Subsequent to the book publication—hopefully within the DFG-envisioned schedule—the data will be made publicly available.

Fact sheet

2014 to 2019
Data Sources: 
representative surveys
Geographic Space: 
Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Bosnia, Ukraine and Turkey