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Balázs Telegdy

Associate Researcher

Address: Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Technical and Social Sciences, Sapientia University, Miercurea Ciuc, Szabadság Square, No. 1, Harghita Country, 530104

Phone: +40-266-317121 (RO)

E-mails: telegdybalazs@sapientia.siculorum.ro


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Education and academic positions:

  • 2012 – present: Phd. Student in Sociology, University of Bucharest, Romania;
  • 2005 – present: Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Technical and Social Sciences, Sapientia University, Romania;
  • 2005 – 2006: M.A. in Sociology, “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
  • 1995 - 1999: B.A. in Sociology, “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Academic interests: sociology of transition, institutional trust, social network analysis.

Research Projects:

Institutional Trust in Post-socialist States: the effects of welfare state attitudes and civic morality (ongoing)

The current research project aims to test empirically the roots of trust in the welfare state institutions among the former socialist states in Europe.

The scholarly analysis of the differences among the European countries regarding the evolution and the attitudes towards the welfare state, and their interconnection with trust and morality usually concentrates on the Western part of the European continent. In my study, I analyzed the institutional trust from the perspective of the citizens’ attitudes toward the welfare state and the citizens’ morality in the former socialist countries in Europe, as trust has a proven beneficial role in the market-base economies and in the stability of the democratic regimes. While both institutions are relatively newly (re)launched among the analyzed countries, the institutional trust plays a key role in their success. Concentrating the explanatory factors on micro level, my findings show that among the analyzed countries the increasing dependency on the states’ welfare and security institutions cause the citizens to become less trustful towards them. In the same time, a person’s disposition to seek personal benefits by an evasive norm and behavior also diminishes the trust they have in the welfare state institutions.

In order to test my hypotheses I use the data from the 4.th wave of the European Values Study, which was conducted in 2008.

Selected Publications:

  • Telegdy Balázs. Is the Positive Network the Inverse of Negative Network? // International Review of Social Research, 2013. Vol. 3. N 3. P. 21-38
  • Telegdy Balázs. The Roots of Trust in Romania // Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Social Analysis. 2013. Vol. 3. N 1. P. 29-44
  • Telegdy Balázs. Hungarian Approaches to Social Stratification and Mobility as Reflected in the Szociológiai Szemle Journal // Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Social Analysis. 2011. Vol. 1. N. 1. P. 119-131





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