Politics and Governance

The main focus of our research in this area is on emergent perceptions, attitudes and norms of economic and political agents on the national, European and global arenas.  Specific topics include changing attitudes towards the Communist past (Matonytė 2013a, 2013b), perceptions of threats to society’s wellbeing (Matonytė, et al. 2017), Europeanness of Lithuanian political, economic and media elites (Matonytė, Šumskas, Morkevičius et al. 2016; Matonytė, Bernatavičiūtė, Šumskas, 2016) and evolution of Lithuanian political institutions post 1990 (Matonytė, Šumskas 2014; Matonytė, Vobolevičius 2014), attitudes of the US think-tank community towards Lithuania (Boyd 2017). The second thematic category consists of publications on the reciprocal relationship of political institutions, such as election rules, cabinet partisanship or international agreements with economic and political indicators. Specific topics include trade and the strength of military alliances (Vobolevičius, Gerazimaitė 2015), electoral rules and innovation policy (Krūminas 2016), partisanship and patronage (Vobolevičius, 2016), the psychology and intellectual history of civic defense (Boyd, 2015).