Bio

My research expertise and interest are in two different disciplines: cross-cultural differences and democratization. I am interested to examine the relation and interaction between societal culture and institutional settings of democracy. The Cultural Compatibility Thesis of Democracy developed in my PhD dissertation posits that societal culture matters in the process of opting, adopting and adapting political institutions of democracy. The thesis suggests that the mentality of adopting the best model of democracy should be replaced with the attitude of finding the most compatible model.

I am also a pro-democracy activist and political analyst of Iranian politics (see my interview with the Tilburg University Magazine, UNIVERS). I am the director of GAMAAN (the Group for Analyzing and Measuring Attitudes in Iran) research foundation. Appearing in media and using Twitter, I try to have an impact on political debates around democratization of Iran.

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Recent publications

  1. Iranians’ Attitudes toward Political Systems: A 2022 Survey Report

    Maleki, A. (2022). Iranians’ Attitudes toward Political Systems: A 2022 Survey Report. https://gamaan.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/GAMAAN-Political-Systems-Survey-2022-English-Final.pdf
  2. How do leading methods mislead? - Measuring public opinions in author…

    Maleki, A. (2021). How do leading methods mislead? Measuring public opinions in authoritarian contexts. Paper presented at IPSA 2021 - 26th World Congress of Political Science.
  3. Iranians are disillusioned with Biden’s soft approach to the Islamic …

    Maleki, A. (Author), & Tamimi Arab, P. (Author). (2021). Iranians are disillusioned with Biden’s soft approach to the Islamic Republic. Web publication/site, Middle East Institute. https://www.mei.edu/publications/iranians-are-disillusioned-bidens-soft-approach-islamic-republic
  4. Iranians' attitudes toward elections - A 2021 survey report

    Maleki, A. (2021). Iranians' attitudes toward elections: A 2021 survey report. https://gamaan.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/GAMAAN-Election-Survey-2021-English-Final.pdf
  5. Iranians’ attitudes toward media - A 2021 survey report

    Maleki, A. (2021). Iranians’ attitudes toward media: A 2021 survey report. https://gamaan.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/GAMAAN-Iran-Media-Survey-2021-English-Final.pdf

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