Analytical article

Why are Russia and Russians Incompatible with Democracy? An Analysis of the Historical Foundations of Russians’ Attitudes towards Authority and Democracy

Year:

2024

Published in:

VOX Ukraine

Authors:

history of Russia
centralization
central power
in Russia
support for authoritarian rules

This study seeks to illustrate that Russia’s long history of authoritarian rule has likely led to several negative consequences for the psychology of individuals on a collective scale. Specifically, it has strengthened a significant tolerance for authority control, reducing the inclination for resistance. Additionally, it has heightened perceptions of insecurity, fostering a distorted relationship with authorities and a greater predisposition towards submission and acceptance of government policies. Finally, this historical experience has contributed to the development of collective pride among Russians for the achievements of their authoritative state. The above propositions are examined using data from the World Values Survey collected in 1990 and 2011.

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