"How do Europeans view democracy, free markets and social change since the fall of communism?"


GLOBSEC together with Pew Research Centre invite for a presentation followed by a discussion on a topicHow do Europeans view democracy, free markets and social change since the fall of communism?” on 24 October (Thursday) 14:00-16:00 at GLOBSEC. 

Brief description: 

The Pew Research Center first posed these questions in 1991, as Western-style democracy and markets spread, first to Central and Eastern Europe, and later to the former Soviet Union. In a multi-country survey, the Center found widespread support for open societies and capitalist competition. Two decades later, when the Center polled again, researchers found growing numbers of Eastern Europeans disenchanted with the transition to representative government and competitive markets.  

In this session, Dr. Richard Wike of Pew Research Center will explore findings from the newest edition of the Center’s research on European attitudes, which builds on the research conducted in 1991 and 2009 with a new survey of 17 nations, including both Western and Eastern European countries, as well as Ukraine, Russia and the United States. The session will examine the degree to which Europeans are united or divided in their attitudes toward democracy, politics, economics and culture. The presentation will be followed by a reflection on the topic by Ambassador Jakub Wiśniewski of GLOBSEC Policy Institute. The event will conclude with a discussion in which Dr. Wike will take questions on the research from attendees. 

  • Presentation by Dr. Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research, Pew Research Center 
  • Reflection by Ambassador Jakub Wiśniewski, Vice-President and Director of Research GLOBSEC Policy Institute 
  • Moderated by Alena Kudzko, Deputy Research Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute


Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take policy positions. The Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. 

Because of the limited capacity of the venue, please, confirm your participation by responding to [email protected]by COB 22 October 2019 (Thursday).