In 2000-2002, International IDEA undertook a regional programme in the Balkans, entitled “South Eastern Europe: New Means for Regional Analysis”, in cooperation with the South Eastern Europe Democracy Support network. The project developed a network of public opinion researchers and local think tanks applying a common research framework and methodology to assess what democracy actually delivers to people, and their perception of democracy as practised in the Balkans. It sought to facilitate and promote democratic reform agendas that are owned and established by local stakeholders, principally in civil society and research institutions.
In the framework of this project, a South Eastern Europe Public Agenda Survey was developed, covering the following countries: Bulgaria, Macedonia (FYROM), Kosovo, Romania, Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia.
The themes of the survey included the links with Europe, the media and freedom of speech, minorities and the space for civic politics.
In 2001 International IDEA interviewed 220 politicians and other influential persons in South East Europe on their views on future regional development. 40 focus groups with local citizens were also conducted to establish the hopes, expectations, challenges and concerns on the public agenda.
In 2002, International IDEA released the results of South Eastern Europe Public Agenda Survey of 10,000 people from 9 countries and territories of the region, on topic related to democratic development and regional co-operation.
See the results of the survey for each country or territory: