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Chronicles of a Democracy Postponed. Cultural Legacy of the Russian Transition

Gaber E., Polishchuk L., Sokolov K., Stukal D.

We explain a lack of civic culture in today’s Russia, closely related to 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 had 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.