The goal of the project is to analyze the developments in political culture in Slovenia and Romania from the beginning of transition until after EU integration. We distinguish those elements of political culture that can be perceived as factors that accelerate democratic governance from those that impede it. We will analyze the relation between cultural patterns and social, economic, and cultural attributes of a democratic regime. Based on these contributions and debates, we will elaborate common research projects for future FP7 or Interreg applications.