European Journal of Political Culture 2021-11-30T10:57:01+00:00 Camelia Florela Voinea Open Journal Systems <p><em><strong>European Journal of Political Culture</strong></em> is a multi-, and interdisciplinar, peer-reviewed, open access, academic research journal in political culture theory and political culture research methodologies.</p> <p>The journal aims at publishing disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in political culture. The journal is open to both theoretical and methodological and experimental approaches to political culture which address the complex relationship between the citizens and the political leadership, institutions, governments and the state. Ontological and epistemological approaches on political culture theory are highly appreciated. Methodological approaches which employ the advanced technologies of the artificial, like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Artificial Life and Autonomous Agents, artificial (political) cultures, artificial societies and artificial polities are welcome as well as the methodologies of modelling and simulation, big data and text analysis, web semantics and social media, political anticipation and anticipatory systems, narratives or crowdsourcing.</p> <p><em><strong>European Journal of Political Culture</strong></em> is issued on a biannual basis: <em>Spring Issue</em> (June); <em>Fall Issue</em> (November). <em><strong>EJPC</strong></em> publishes original papers, review papers, and book reviews. It features special issues on key research themes.</p> <p><em><strong>European Journal of Political Culture</strong></em> is jointly published on the OJS/PKP platform of the University of Bucharest by the <em><a href="">European Research Center for Political Culture (EPCAM)</a> </em>of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, and the <em><a href="">European Political Culture Association (EPCA).</a> </em></p> <p> </p> <p>@ Copyright 2021 European Research Center for Political Culture &amp; European Political Culture Association</p> Subjective similarity and positive intergroup behaviour 2021-10-05T12:06:03+00:00 Tuuli-Marja Kleiner <p>In this paper, we examine the association between subjective similarity between populations from different German federal states and positive intergroup behaviour. In our project Subjektive Bewertung kultureller Unterschiede in Deutschland (Subjective Evaluation of Cultural Differences in Germany) we explored subjectively perceived differences between four German federal states (Bavaria, North Rhein-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Saxony). In order to do so, we conducted a survey (N=904) in which individuals from these German states were asked about (a) the extent of perceived similarity between the own group and the other regionally defined groups and (b) their behavioural tendencies towards these other groups, namely solidarity behaviour, cooperation behaviour and relocation behaviour. By conducting fixed effects regression models, we examined whether subjective similarity between groups leads to positive behavioral intentions between these groups. Our empirical results show that perceived similarity between the population of one’s own region and the one of another region is positively associated with the all three dimensions of intergroup behaviour, and its significance increases with the personal costs associated with the behaviour in question.</p> 2021-11-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 European Journal of Political Culture The Artificial Political Culture Model 2021-10-31T16:35:26+00:00 Camelia Florela Voinea <p>In political science in general and in political methodology in particular, the study of value change is often viewed as providing the main arguments concerning the quality of a democracy. In Eastern European democracies, the study of values in relationship to the study of the quality of democracy provides support to the idea that notwithstanding the importance of economic factor, the political culture factors might play a decisive role. Our approach is aimed at providing a complexity-based framework for the study of the political systems as anticipatory systems based on an internal model consisting of a value set. Our approach is aimed at providing arguments in favor of the idea that the dynamics of a political system is essentially influenced by the value change processes. The paper defines a polity as a political system with anticipatory characteristics which is based on a political culture internal model. In turn, the political culture is modelled as an artificial political culture system which operates as an internal model for a political system (polity). The paper starts from Schwartz’s value theory (Schwartz, 1992, 2005, 2012) which is based on a set of universal values. Our basic assumption is that the value orientation of an individual agent changes. From a mathematical point of view, the current position of a value orientation locates an individual agent in the values space. It is this value orientation which changes, thus providing for the emergence of mass political participation processes which would finally influence the polity dynamics.</p> 2021-11-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 European Journal of Political Culture