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Communism's Shadow
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It has long been assumed that the historical legacy of Soviet Communism would have an important effect on post-communist states. However, prior research has focused primarily on the institutional legacy of communism. Communism's Shadow instead turns the focus to the individuals who inhabit post-communist countries, presenting a rigorous assessment of the legacy of communism on political attitudes.

Post-communist citizens hold political, economic, and social opinions that consistently differ from individuals in other countries. Grigore Pop-Eleches and Joshua Tucker introduce two distinct frameworks to explain these differences, the first of which focuses on the effects of living in a post-communist country, and the second on living through communism. Drawing on large-scale research encompassing post-communist states and other countries around the globe, the authors demonstrate that living through communism has a clear, consistent influence on why citizens in post-communist countries are, on average, less supportive of democracy and markets and more supportive of state-provided social welfare. The longer citizens have lived through communism, especially as adults, the greater their support for beliefs associated with communist ideology—the one exception being opinions regarding gender equality.

A thorough and nuanced examination of communist legacies' lasting influence on public opinion, Communism's Shadow highlights the ways in which political beliefs can outlast institutional regimes.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Country Code Abbreviations Used in Figures 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Chapter 1. Communism’s Shadow
  2. pp. 1-31
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  1. Chapter 2. Living through Communism
  2. pp. 32-62
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  1. Chapter 3. Methods and Data
  2. pp. 63-98
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  1. Chapter 4. Democracy
  2. pp. 99-135
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  1. Chapter 5. Markets
  2. pp. 136-185
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  1. Chapter 6. Social Welfare
  2. pp. 186-214
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  1. Chapter 7. Gender Equality
  2. pp. 215-246
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  1. Chapter 8. Temporal Resilience and Change
  2. pp. 247-281
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  1. Chapter 9. Legacies and Communism
  2. pp. 282-312
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 313-332
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 333-336
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