Attitudes Towards the Communist Past in Five Central and Eastern European Countries

History of Communism in Europe: Politics of Memory in Post-Communist Europe, Vol. 1, pp, 165-179, 2010

15 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2011

Date Written: September 23, 2011

Abstract

Almost fifteen years after the breakdown of the Iron Curtain, citizens in five of the best performing post-communist countries display willingness to return to the previous regime, share values convergent with communism, and high levels of dissatisfaction with democracy. Using a two-step statistical analysis, this article investigates at individual level whether citizens attach attitudinal and behavioral consistency to their opinions towards the past. The results indicate that people supporting communist policies are more likely to pursue the return to such a regime compared to their fellow nationals; citizens’ regret for the previous regime is not based on the ideological or policy features; and dissatisfaction with democracy has little to do if anything with the nostalgia for the communist past.

Keywords: nostalgia, selective memories, New Europe Barometers

Suggested Citation

Gherghina, Sergiu, Attitudes Towards the Communist Past in Five Central and Eastern European Countries (September 23, 2011). History of Communism in Europe: Politics of Memory in Post-Communist Europe, Vol. 1, pp, 165-179, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932683

Sergiu Gherghina (Contact Author)

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