On 11 December 2013 Kadri Lühiste will defence her doctoral thesis "Regime support in European democracies".
Supervisor: senior research fellow Piret Ehin (University of Tartu)
Opponent: professor Jonas Linde (University of Bergen)
The dissertation consists of three original publications: I Lühiste, Kadri (2006). 'Explaining trust in political institutions: Some illustrations from the Baltic states', Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 39 (4), pp. 475-496; II Lühiste, Kadri (2008a). 'Support for Strongman Rule in Ethnically Divided Societies: Evidence from Estonia and Latvia', Democratization, 15 (2), 297-320; III Lühiste, Kadri (2013). 'Social Protection and Satisfaction with Democracy: a Multilevel Analysis', Political Studies, forthcoming, DOI: 10.1111/1467-9248.12080 The central aim of the dissertation is to identify and examine determinants of mass political support in European democracies by addressing the following research questions: I Which factors influence public trust in political institutions in post-communist democracies? II Which factors influence support for authoritarianism in new and ethnically divided democracies? Whether and how do these factors vary by ethnic group? III Whether and how is the scope and quality of social protection related to citizens' satisfaction with the functioning of democracy in European welfare states?