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VALUES: LINKING HOSFTEDE’S CULTURAL DIMENSIONS TO ADRIAN-PAUL ILIESCU’S “RIGHT” & “LEFT” INTERPRETATIONS FROM POPPER’S “OPEN SOCIETY”PERSPECTIVE

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Author(s): Carmen-Aida HUłU | Dorina łICU

Journal: Annals of the Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava : Fascicle of the Faculty of Economics and Public Administration
ISSN 2066-575X

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1(11);
Start page: 74;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: cultural dimensions | democracy | “left-right” ideologies | “open society” | value analysis framework

ABSTRACT
The study presented in this article aims at identifying a framework for value analysis in linking Hofstede’scultural dimensions and the dually oriented, left-right, value-ideological options of Adrian-Paul Iliescu’s theory, fromPopper’s “open society” perspective, and with a focus on the Romanian democratic context. In relation with thetheoretical framework, there was an ex ante expectation that the ideological right (valorization towards the right offreedom, equality, solidarity and the market economy) must be correlated with the value dimensions specific to theWestern liberal democracies (low Power Distance, Individualism, Acceptance of Risks). Against this perspective, forthe considered sample in the study, it can be underlined that the respondents with ideological orientation to the rightaccording to Adrian-Paul Iliescu’s theory also manifested a mainly positive orientation towards Hofstede’s dimensionsspecific to liberal democracies: moderate Risk Acceptance and moderate Individualism, although a bias towards highPower Distance must be pointed out. In spite of sampling limitations, the study confirmed certain relationships amongthe value domains afferent to the two considered theories, from an “open society” perspective.
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