Soviet Political Culture Reassessed

  • Stephen White
Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series


It may seem rather soon to reassess a subject of which one has recently completed a book-length study.1 Nor, indeed, do I feel that there are more than a few substantial points on which I would as yet wish to undertake a major revision of the general treatment of Soviet political culture presented in my Political Culture and Soviet Politics. Given the breadth of a subject of this kind, however, particularly when (as in the definition I prefer to use) patterns of political behaviour as well as political beliefs and values are subsumed within the concept of political culture, there are inevitably aspects of the subject on which new evidence now exists, points that may have been neglected in the earlier discussion, and issues in the analysis of Soviet political culture that require fuller consideration and perhaps some adjustment of emphasis. In this chapter I propose to focus on two such issues, both of which are central to my own work on Soviet political culture as well as to that of most other scholars who have written on this theme. These are the distinctiveness of the pre-revolutionary Russian political culture, and the extent to which its chronological successor — the political culture of the contemporary USSR — may usefully be regarded as a continuation of that earlier political culture rather than as a radical break with it.2


Political Culture Political Behaviour European Parliament Electoral Participation Political Belief 
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