Communism's Shadow : Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes, Paperback / softback Book

Communism's Shadow : Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes Paperback / softback

Part of the Princeton Studies in Political Behavior series


It has long been assumed that the historical legacy of Soviet Communism would have an important effect on post-communist states.

However, prior research has focused primarily on the institutional legacy of communism.

Communism's Shadow instead turns the focus to the individuals who inhabit post-communist countries, presenting a rigorous assessment of the legacy of communism on political attitudes. Post-communist citizens hold political, economic, and social opinions that consistently differ from individuals in other countries.

Grigore Pop-Eleches and Joshua Tucker introduce two distinct frameworks to explain these differences, the first of which focuses on the effects of living in a post-communist country, and the second on living through communism.

Drawing on large-scale research encompassing post-communist states and other countries around the globe, the authors demonstrate that living through communism has a clear, consistent influence on why citizens in post-communist countries are, on average, less supportive of democracy and markets and more supportive of state-provided social welfare. The longer citizens have lived through communism, especially as adults, the greater their support for beliefs associated with communist ideology--the one exception being opinions regarding gender equality. A thorough and nuanced examination of communist legacies' lasting influence on public opinion, Communism's Shadow highlights the ways in which political beliefs can outlast institutional regimes.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 344 pages, 25 line illus. 25 tables.
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
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  • Category: Political science & theory
  • ISBN: 9780691175591

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