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Communism’s Shadow: Historical Legacies and Political Attitudes
February 23, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Post-communist citizens – all else being equal – are more supportive of government redistribution than citizens in the rest of the world. Dr. Joshua Tucker’s research aims to assess the extent to which these patterns are legacies of communist rule and what mechanisms brought them about. To do so, Dr. Tucker introductes two theoretical arguments for why post-communist citizens might hold systematically different views on these types of questions. The first focuses on the context in which post-communist citizens live (e.g., demographic, economic and political conditions) and makes no reference to the actual experience of living through communism. The second is based on the idea that it is the actually exposure to communist rule that may have led to people adopting a particular set of attitudes.
He will present a method for testing both of these approaches and provide empirical evidence in regard to the attitudes of post-communist citizens towards democracy, markets, social welfare and gender equity.
This event is co-sponsored by the Georgetown University Government Department and the Mortara Center for International Studies.