In Bulgaria there is an unequal relationship between those in authority and subordinates. Subordinates are not trusted with important assignments and decision making powers. Bulgarians need authoritarian managers to fix the national economy, even at the cost of violating democratic rights.
On the one hand, subordinates are not involved in the decision making process. On the other hand, they are expected to take the blame for things that go wrong.Bulgarians are deeply convinced that “they want to drain our resources, so we have to defend ourselves, and lie to them”. For example, it is quite common in Bulgaria for students to help each other while being examined, which is in fact not officially allowed. Here the syndrome “us against them” can be witnessed.
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