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Soviet Citizen Participation on the Eve of Democratization

Donna Bahry and Brian D. Silver
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 84, No. 3 (Sep., 1990), pp. 821-847
DOI: 10.2307/1962768
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1962768
Page Count: 27
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Soviet Citizen Participation on the Eve of Democratization
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Abstract

We reassess the debate over Soviet citizen politics in the USSR during the Brezhnev era. We argue the need for a more complex model of citizen participation in the USSR before Gorbachev if we are to have an accurate baseline for evaluating changes in regime-society relations. We examine the connections between individual attitudes and individual behavior and show that political participation under the @'old regime@' was not nearly as one-dimensional and devoid of effect as many previous researchers (and current Soviet leaders) have described it. Many forms of political participation in the Soviet Union before Gorbachev did not fit the stereotype of a pyschologically disengaged citizenry driven to participate only by coercion, a desire to conform, or a quest for particularized benefits from public officials.

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