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Chronicles of a democracy postponed: Cultural legacy of the Russian transition

Elena Gaber, Leonid Polishchuk, Kharis Sokolov and Denis Stukal

The Economics of Transition, 2019, vol. 27, issue 1, 99-137

Abstract: We explain a lack of civic culture in today's Russia, closely related to a democratic deficit in the country, by a path dependency which has originated at the critical juncture of transition to market economy. Suppression of democracy in the early 1990s to expedite unpopular reform exposed the new institutional order to oligarchic capture and set in motion a vicious circle of extractive economic and political institutions. The latter have been shaping views and attitudes in the society via institutional learning, continuously suppressing civic culture and solidifying social foundations for extractive institutions. We present evidence from the World Values Survey supporting the above conclusions.

Date: 2019
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