Intergenerational Differences in Political Values and Attitudes in Stable and New Democracies

Siemienska, R.
This article examines intergenerational differences in two groups of democratic countries: the long-established democratic countries, and those that began to establish democratic system about 10 years ago, when communist systems were overthrown in Central and Eastern Europe. In the early nineties, there was lively debate about how likely it was that stable democratic systems would be created in the latter group of countries - and who would could best serve as mentors in the process of socialization in the new political and economic situation. More than 10 years have passed now; it is time to attempt to assess what changes have taken place in prevailing values and attitudes in the post-communist societies. We are particularly interested in whether generational changes seem to be taking place in democratic attitudes, both in post-communist countries and in stable democracies...

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