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ISBN: 0271029749
Author: Ellen Carnaghan
Language: English
Publisher: Penn State University Press (May 28, 2008)
Pages: 344
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
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Penn State Press, 2010. The difficulty of measuring support for democracy in a changing society: evidence from Russia. Thinking about democracy: Interviews with Russian citizens. Democratization 18 (3), 682-706, 2011. Do Russians dislike democracy? E Carnaghan.

The result of locating the sources of present values in the daily existence of living citizens provides a more hopeful picture than the one that students of political culture usually draw.

Robert Grey, Grinnell College. The result of locating the sources of present values in the daily existence of living citizens provides a more hopeful picture than the one that students of political culture usually draw. If popular values are formed in the present rather than the distant past, no nation, not even Russia, is closed off by culture from the possibility of democracy.

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Penn State Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Political Science. 1. 2 The Tangled Web of Culture. 13. 3 Russians in Their Own Words. 43. 4 Abstract Notions of Democracy Versus Current Experiences. 73. Russians Confront Inequality. 155. The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same. 193. 8 What Russians Want.

Ellen Carnaghan takes aim at this thesis in her study of Russian attitudes, based on intensive interviews with more than sixty citizens from all walks of life and a variety of political orientations

As a result, there is reason to be optimistic about further progress in democratization: it depends on improving the functioning of existing institutions, not transforming deep-rooted cultural norms.

Penn State University Press.

Chapters 4-8 constitute the empirical core of the book. Chapter 4 looks at responses to questions about legislative and executive institutions.

Carnaghan's primary target is the thesis that Russian culture is somehow inimical to democracy and that this cultural straitjacket has hindered democratic consolidation. For Carnaghan, political values are more likely to be a function of the perceptions of one's own social environment than they are of any deep-rooted cultural legacies. Chapters 4-8 constitute the empirical core of the book.

The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War and Loss in Russia. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2009. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007. The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War and Loss in Russia Ithaca, NY

Ellen Carnaghan (2010). Pennsylvania State University Press.

Ellen Carnaghan (2010). ISBN 978-0-271-04572-6.

One common explanation for the failure of democracy to take root in Russia more quickly and more thoroughly than it has points to inherited cultural values that predispose Russian citizens to favor an autocratic type of governance. Ellen Carnaghan takes aim at this cultural-determinist thesis in her study of Russian attitudes, based on intensive interviews with more than sixty citizens from all walks of life and a variety of political orientations.

What she finds is that, rather than being influenced by an antidemocratic and anticapitalist ideology, these ordinary citizens view the economic and political system in Russia today very critically because it simply does not function well for them in meeting their everyday needs. They long for order not because they eschew democracy and free markets in any fundamental way, but because they experience them currently as chaotic and unpredictable, leading to constant frustration. As a result, there is reason to be optimistic about further progress in democratization: it depends on improving the functioning of existing institutions, not transforming deep-rooted cultural norms.

In the Conclusion, Carnaghan applies her argument to elucidating the reasons why Russians have responded favorably to what Westerners see as moves in an antidemocratic direction by Vladimir Putin’s government.

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