the higher the unemployment rates in western european countries, the more likely it is that socio-political destabilization will occur. at the same time, the highest levels of unemployment in eastern european countries are accompanied by anti-government protests of very low intensity. this is just one of the conclusions made by hse experts in their paper 'unemployment as a predictor of socio-political destabilization in western and eastern european countries'. the scholars analyzed the world bank's data on unemployment and on socio-political destabilization from the cross national time series (cnts) database, 1991-2014. linear correlation was used to compare these data. scholars from various countries have studied the correlation between unemployment and socio-political destabilization before, but this has led to contradicting conclusions. hse experts were the first to analyze these factors dividing the countries based on the presence or lack of communist past. the project examined data from 24 non-post-communist (western) european countries, and 21 post-communist (eastern) european countries: western europe: andorra, austria, belgium, great britain, denmark, germany, greece, ireland, iceland, spain, italy, cyprus, lichtenstein, luxembourg, malta, monaco, the netherlands, norway, portugal, san marino, finland, france, sweden, and switzerland. eastern europe: albania, belarus, bosnia and herzegovina, bulgaria, hungary, kosovo, latvia, lithuania, macedonia, mold...