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2011 - Northeastern Political Science Association Words: 250 words || 
1. Smith, Michael. "Post-Materialism in Post-Communism: An Analysis of Post-Materialist Values on Democratic Committments in Post-Communist Europe" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Crowne Plaza, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 17, 2011 <Not Available>. 2020-01-29 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Comparativists have long argued that political culture plays a substantial role in the emergence and persistence of democracy. One key aspect of that culture is post-materialism: as society becomes more prosperous, people may begin to endorse a new set of values relating to personal autonomy and self-expression, thus also affecting their relationship and commitment to the democratic order.

While research on post-materialism is well advanced, there are very few comparative studies on the development of post-materialism in Eastern Europe – and its impact on people’s commitment to democracy. This paucity of research on the region is largely due to the lack of adequate international social survey data in post-Soviet states for examining those countries across time and space.

Based on the 4th Round of the European Values Study in 2008, which includes 47 European states (24 of which are post-communist), this paper presents the results of two interlinked analyses of post-materialism. First, I test the post-materialist thesis by conducting a multi-level analysis assessing the impact of economic development and inequality (at the country level), and social class and income (at the individual level), on materialist and post-materialist values across Europe. Then, the paper shifts perspectives on post-materialism from a dependent to an independent variable by examining the effect of post-materialist values on respondents’ commitment to democracy. I believe that the results of the analysis can provide a meaningful contribution to the analysis of how commitments to democracy in post-communist countries are crucial tied to the transformation of the value structure of society.

2014 - International Communication Association 64th Annual Conference Words: 233 words || 
2. Perusko, Zrinjka. "Media Performance in South-East Europe (A Comparative Look at Post-Socialist, Post-Conflict, Post-Yugoslav Media Systems)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 64th Annual Conference, Seattle Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, Washington, <Not Available>. 2020-01-29 <>
Publication Type: Session Paper
Abstract: This paper begins with the deconstruction of an erroneous generalization that is at the root of recent misunderstandings about the nature of media systems in European new democracies. The erroneous generalization presumes that all post-socialist media systems can be grouped together in one and the same media system model (Terzis, 2007, Jakubowicz, 2007, Curran and Park 2000, Puppis et al 2009, Voltmer 2008), solely on the basis of their common socialist experience (cf. Peruško 2013). This article examines media performance in southeast Europe through the optics of a new theoretical model. The model distinguishes between three distinctive historical periods in the development of media systems, consequences of three most important critical junctures – modernization and democratic revolutions in the 19th century, the socialist period, and the post-socialist period of new democracies. The five dimensional theoretical framework of Hallin and Mancini (2004) is expanded with the approach of historical institutionalism and path dependency, as well as in regard to the additional performance indicators of UNESCO Media Development Indicators. The paper wishes to provide an explanation for the differences or similarities in media performance in the countries in the region, which had been republics/federal units in one country (Yugoslavia) during their socialist histories, and thus contribute also to the understanding of the impact of different formative historical periods on the contemporary media systems and their performance (not least of which is the socialist period itself).

2017 - National Women's Studies Association Words: 101 words || 
3. Boylan, Alexis. "Post-post-post Beauty at the End of the World" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Women's Studies Association, Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, <Not Available>. 2020-01-29 <>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Abstract: Recent films call for a post-post-post beauty, a beauty that is cleansed of the messiness of traditional ideals of beauty with its racist, patriarchal, ablest agenda. This new post-post-post beauty asks if we can have back beauty, and more specifically if we can take pleasure in the beautiful again? Is there the chance to imagine happiness and beauty as uncomplicated, giving, and blissful, and most revolutionary perhaps, as liberated from commodity culture? Focusing Mad Max: Fury Road, I consider this new call for beauty, for some kind of purpose and solidity from art and aesthetics, a call for a better beauty.

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