Chasing Putnam: The Relationship between Democratization and Civicness in Transitional Post-Communist Countries
University of Siena
GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Europolis, No. 4, pp. 231-257, 2008
Democracy and civic involvement are core values of contemporary Europe. To what extent do citizens’ attitudes relate with democratization, a process in which half of the continent was involved in recent years? By examining 16 post-Communist countries in their transition process until 1998, this article reveals that the level of political culture and tolerance in society makes a difference regarding their democratic achievements. At the same time, the interpersonal trust, authoritarian attitudes, and materialist values are long-standing attitudes in society that do not explain the change in democratic performances. Consistent with previous research on Western Europe, our analysis provides a useful basis for further investigation about democratization.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: democratization, post-communist, civic attitudes
JEL Classification: D72Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 8, 2011
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