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Tobias Spöri

Bachelor-Studium der Politikwissenschaft und Germanistik an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, sowie der Master-Studium Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Wien. Seit März 2013 Doktoratsstudent am Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Wien und seit Oktober 2013 Stipendiat am Institut für Höhere Studien. Zudem Lehre als externer Lektor am Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Wien seit März 2014.


Demokratietheorien, politische Partizipation, Transformationsprozesse, Osteuropa, Südosteuropa, Europäische Integration


Stipendiat am Institut für Höhere Studien, Postgraduiertenprogramm „The Politics of Representation in Europe“

Link: https://www.ihs.ac.at/political-science/postgraduate-program/



New generation, old story? Political participation. Its preconditions and the persistence of the cultural heritage in Eastern Europe


Many countries in Eastern Europe are still termed non-consolidated democracies (Nations in Transit 2014). One of their current political features is that political participation is weaker and less developed than in established democracies. In the literature, the so-called post-communist heritage is treated as one of the most important explanations for the lack of political participation in the area. This project breaks down the different facets of the cultural heritage in order to enable an operationalization of both its economic and cultural dimensions. In addition, this contribution suggests the age-period-cohort approach as an indicator for measuring the influence of the cultural heritage as well as other predictors such as socio-economic resources and biographical conditions. By comparing different age groups with different biographical backgrounds and their level of political participation, this methodological approach enables new insights regarding the persistence of the cultural heritage. This research can indicate whether 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union a generational change is beginning to set in or if the cultural heritage reproduces itself.

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