Anja Neundorf has been successful in a research funding bid to the ESRC, as Primary Investigator with an international team of researchers looking at ‘The legacy of authoritarian regimes on democratic citizenship’. The project will study the legacy impacts of previous authoritarian regimes on its citizens’ political attitudes today, and is funded with £196,515 by the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (from February 2016 to July 2017).
The project addresses important and unresolved questions of democratisation by using a new methodological approach of cohort analysis to examine the lasting legacy of authoritarian dictatorships. Previous research has overlooked the possibility of citizens’ formative experiences in non-democratic systems that might impact their political attitudes, values, and behaviour even after the existence of these regimes. Dr. Neundorf and her team expect that these legacies vary by the type and characteristics of the dictatorships. The goal of this project is therefore to device a typology of authoritarian regimes and their lasting impact on civil society even after their existence.
Co-investigators: Dr. Natasha Ezrow (University of Essex), Dr. Johannes Gerschewski (Social Science Centre Berlin), Dr. Tim Kelsall (Overseas Development Institute), Dr. Inaki Sagarzazu (University of Glasgow).
The project is further supported by following partner organisations: The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Organization of American States, and the Overseas Development Institute.