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Communism's ShadowHistorical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes$
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Grigore Pop-Eleches and Joshua A. Tucker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175591

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175591.001.0001

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Legacies and Communism

Legacies and Communism

(p.282) Chapter 9 Legacies and Communism
Communism's Shadow

Grigore Pop-Eleches

Joshua A. Tucker

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter analyzes the results of this book's study, addressing what is suggested both for one's understanding of post-communist politics and for the study of legacy effects more generally. The major finding of this study is that there is much stronger empirical support for the living through communism model than for the living in a post-communist country model. Thus, to the extent that communist legacies have shaped attitudes in post-communist countries, it is more through the experiences of the people who live through communism than it is through reshaping the society in which those people are currently living. This suggests that the length of time a regime has been in power is an important determinant of the legacy effects that regime will have on the attitudes of its citizenry once the regime itself is gone.

Keywords:   post-communist politics, legacy effects, communist legacies, post-communist countries, communism

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