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The majority of my research explores issues of mandate responsiveness by political parties in the new democracies of the European Union? Do parties fulfill their election promises and under what conditions? What is the role that media play in facilitating the linkage between party pledges and subsequent government actions? What does this process tell us about the types of democracies emerging in the post-communist countries? Within this theme, I am working on a project evaluating the impact of the political groups of the European Parliament on the agenda of the European Union.

Earlier, I did work (with Daniela Dimitrova, School of Communications, Iowa State University) on how print media in Bulgaria frame news, including those of economic reforms, and on what sources do media outlets rely when publishing election-related news stories. Some of the data collected through this work were subsequently incorporated in my studies on the role of media in pledge prominence and fulfillment. I also have an article assessing the state of media freedom, and that of political communications research across the new member states of the EU.

Recent Publications

10. Kostadinova, Tatiana and Petia Kostadinova.2016. Party Promises, Voter Understanding, and Mandate Responsiveness in East European Politics”, Politics & Policy 44(1): 5-34.
9. Kostadinova, Petia and Magda Giurcanu. 2015. “Political Blackmail, Institutional Infighting and Electoral Politics: The Fate of Governing Parties during the Great Recession (2008-12) in Romania and Bulgaria”, Politics & Policy 43(6): 789-821.
8. Kostadinova, Petia. 2015. “Party pledges in the news:  Which election promises do media report?”, Party Politics, Published online before print October 26, 2015, doi: 10.1177/1354068815611649.

7. Kostadinova, Petia. 2015. “Improving the Transparency and Accountability of EU Institutions-The Impact of the Office of the European Ombudsman”, Journal of Common Market Studies 53(5): 1077-1093.
6. Kostadinova, Petia. 2015. “Media in the New Democracies of Postcommunist Eastern Europe,” East European Politics and Societies 29(2): 453-466.
5. Kostadinova, Petia. 2014. “Social Policy Arrangements across Europe: continuing disparities between social models in the EU?” L’Europe en formation 372 (Été 2014 – Summer 2014): 33-50.
4. Kostadinova, Petia. 2013. “Democratic Performance in Post-communist Bulgaria: Election Pledges and Levels of Fulfillment, 1997-2005”, East European Politics 29(2): 190-207.
3. Dimitrova, Daniela and Petia Kostadinova.
2013. “Identifying Antecedents of the Strategic Game Frame: A Longitudinal Analysis”, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly 90(1): 75-88.
2. Kostadinova, Petia and Daniela Dimitrova. 2012. “Communicating Policy Change: Media Framing of Economic News in Post-Communist Bulgaria”, European Journal of Communication 27(2): 171-186.
1. Dimitrova, Daniela and Petia Kostadinova. 2012. “Use of Sources in Newspaper Coverage of the 2009 Bulgarian Parliamentary Elections”, Central European Journal of Communication 5(1): 81-92.

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