Social Capital Research Group
Dr Maciej A. Górecki
Head of the Social Capital Research Group. He earned his PhD in the Trinity College Dublin. His primary research interests are in comparative political behaviour, with an emphasis on elections and voting. In particular, he is interested in the implementation of the concept of habitual voting to the studies in the impact of electoral context on voter turnout. He also studies local campaigning and its geographic context (“friends and neighbours voting” phenomenon) in Ireland. In addition, he is interested in survey research methodology and statistical modelling.
- “Gender quotas, candidate background and the election of women: A paradox of gender quotas in open-list proportional representation systems” (with Paula Kukołowicz) Electoral Studies 2014 36 65-80.
- “Election Closeness, Habit Formation and Voter Turnout: Evidence from Sixteen Swedish Elections” Political Studies S1/2013: 234-248.
- “Electoral Context, Habit Formation and Voter Turnout: A New Analysis” Electoral Studies 2013 32 (1): 140-152.
- “Not Just ‘Friends and Neighbours’: Canvassing, Geographic Proximity and Voter Choice” (with Michael Marsh) European Journal of Political Research 5/2012: 563-582.
- “Electoral Salience and Vote Overreporting: Another Look at the Problem of Validity in Voter Turnout Studies” International Journal of Public Opinion Research 4/2011: 544-557.
- “Why Bother Lying when You Know So Few Care? Party Contact, Education and Overreporting Voter Turnout in Different Types of Elections” Scandinavian Political Studies 3/2011: 250-267.
dr hab. Prof. UW Anna Giza-Poleszczuk
Dr hab. Natalia Letki
is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Sociology. She earned her PhD in Nuffield College, Oxford University.
She is interested in political behaviour of citizens and political elites, especially in the context of systemic transformation. She is also interested in social capital, social trust, membership in voluntary associations, civic and political participation, civic morality and trustworthiness. She has researched their relation to the institutional political and economic context in the new and established democracies. Her current projects focus on citizens’ attitudes and behaviour towards public goods in post-communist transition.
She was the PI of an ERC StG Project Public Goods through Private Eyes: Exploring Citizens’ Attitudes towards Public Goods and the State in East-Central Europe. The project concluded successfully in December 2014; the data will be released in 2018.
She is currently involved in PROVIDE: PROVIding smart DElivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry, together with Mikołaj Czajkowski (Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, University of Warsawa). She was also an Associate of the Growing Inequalities’ Impacts project.
Before joining the Institute of Sociology of Warsaw University she was an Assistant Professor at
Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, Poland and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in politics group in Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
- Letki, Natalia. Forthcoming. “Trust in Newly Democratic Regimes”, in: Oxford Handbook of Social and Political Trust, Eric Uslaner (Ed), Oxford University Press.
- Letki, Natalia and Inta Mierina. 2015. “Getting Support in Polarized Societies: Income, Social Networks, and Socioeconomic Context”, Social Science Research, Vol. 49 No 1, 217-233.
- Tavits, Margit and Natalia Letki. 2014. “From Values to Interests? The Evolution of Party Competition in New Democracies”, Journal of Politics, Vol. 76 No 1, 246-258.
- Natalia Letki and Inta Mierina. 2014. “Inequality and Social Capital in Post-Communist Europe”, with Inta Mierina, in: Social Capital and Economics: Social Values, Power, and Social Identity, Asimina Christoforou and John B. Davis (Eds), London: Routledge, pp. 147-168.
- Letki, Natalia, Michał Brzeziński and Barbara Jancewicz. 2014. “The rise of inequalities in Poland and their impacts: When politicians don’t care, but citizens do”, in: Changing Inequalities in Rich Countries, W. Salverda, B. Nolan, D. Checchi, I. Marx, S. McKnight, I.G. Toth and H. van der Werfhorst (Eds), Oxford University Press, pp. 488 – 513.
- Letki, Natalia. 2013. “Do Social Divisions Explain Political Choices? The Case of Poland”, in: Political Choice Matters: Explaining the strength of class and religious cleavages in cross-national perspective, G. Evans and N. D. De Graaf (Eds), Oxford University Press, pp. 337-359.
- Tavits, Margit and Natalia Letki. 2009. “When Left is Right: Party Ideology and Policy in Post-Communist Europe”, American Political Science Review Vol. 103 No 4, 555-69.
- Letki, Natalia. 2009. “Civil Society and Social Capital”, in: Democratization, C. W. Haerpfer, R. Inglehart, C. Welzel, & P. Bernhagen (Eds), Oxford University Press, pp. 158-169.
- Letki, Natalia. 2009. “Social Capital in East-Central Europe”, in: A Handbook of Social Capital, G. T. Svendsen & G. L. H. Svendsen (Eds), Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 162-176.
- Letki, Natalia. 2008. “Does Diversity Erode Social Cohesion? Social Capital and Race in British Neighbourhoods”, Political Studies Vol. 56 No. 1, 99-126.
- Letki, Natalia. 2006. “Investigating the Roots of Civic Morality: Trust, Social Capital and Institutional Performance”, Political Behavior Vol. 28 No. 4, 305-325.
- Letki, Natalia & Geoffrey Evans. 2005. “Endogenizing Social Trust: Democratisation in East-Central Europe”, British Journal of Political Science Vol. 35 No. 3, 515-529.
- Letki, Natalia. 2004. “Socialization for Participation? Trust, Membership and Democratization in East-Central Europe”, Political Research Quarterly Vol. 57 No. 4, 665-79.
- Letki, Natalia. 2002. “Lustration and Democratisation in East-Central Europe”, Europe-Asia Studies Vol. 54 No. 4, 529-52.
Paula Kukołowicz, MA
is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Sociology, Warsaw University. Her main research interests focus on quantitative methods is social and political science, methodology of comparative quantitative research and women’s representation in politics. For four years (2010-2014) she worked as a research assistant in the “Public Goods through Private Eyes” Project.
- “Gender quotas, candidate background and the election of women: A paradox of gender quotas in open-list proportional representation systems” (with Maciej Górecki) Electoral Studies 2014 36 65-80.
- “Do Voters Read Gender? Stereotypes as Voting Cues in Electoral Settings” (forthcoming in Polish Sociological Review)
- Book review: Elizabeth C. Dunn, “Privatizing Poland: Baby Food, Big Business, and the Remaking of Labo” Stan Rzeczy, 1/2011
Dorota Żurkowska, MA
is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Sociology, Warsaw University.
She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology (2011). Her main research interests focus on sociology of emotion, sociology of morality and general axiology. She worked as a researcher in a market research company and as a research assistant in the “Public Goods through Private Eyes” Project.
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