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Trust and Democratic Transition in Post-Communist Europe

EditorIvana Markova

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These ten essays are concerned with theoretical and empirical analyses of trust and distrust in post-Communist Europe after the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989. The contributors come from different disciplines, ranging from history, economics and political science to social psychology andsociology. They are all specialists on the countries about which they write, and they show above all that the Soviet 'bloc' was in fact a rich spectrum of different countries with diverse histories, cultures and traditions, and - not surprisingly - with different expectations for the future.Like other social concepts, trust never makes sense in isolation but only within the network of other concepts - in this case, social capital, faith, belief, solidarity, reciprocity and security. 'Trust' is a highly polysemic term. Differences between meanings of trust in countries with democratictraditions and in post-totalitarian countries raise questions about the ways in which history, culture and social psychology shape the nature and development of political phenomena. These questions include: antinomies such as trust versus risk, and trust versus fear; the co-existence of rural andurban systems; legitimacy of different political regimes; and the arbitrariness of decisions and the abuse of common sense in totalitarianism.The transition period in many post-Communist countries has now been completed and in others it is likely to be completed in the near future. Yet the authors show that while political and economic changes can have rapid effects, cultural and psychological changes may linger and influence the qualityof political trust and representations of democracy. As post-Communist countries become members of the European Union, many problems discussed in this book will recede into history. Yet the theoretical issues addressed by the authors, such as the interdependence of politics, culture and humanpsychology, will remain central to current and future concerns in social and human sciences.
Ivana Markova is in the Department of Psychology, University of Stirling; Fellow of the British Academy.
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Title:Trust and Democratic Transition in Post-Communist EuropeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:September 20, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Ivana Markova: Introduction: Trust/Risk and Trust/Fear2. Patrick Watier and Ivana Markova: Trust as a Psychosocial Feeling: Socialization and Totalitarianism3. Geoffrey Hosking: Forms of Social Solidarity in Russia and the Soviet Union4. Jacek Kochanowicz: Trust, Confidence, and Social Capital in Poland: A Historical Perspective5. Alena Ledeneva: Genealogy of Krugovaya Poruka: Forced Trust as a Feature of Russian Political Culture6. Wanda Dressler: Trust in Building Multicultural Democratic Societies: Estonia, Moldova, and Kazakhstan7. William L. Miller, Tatyana Y. Koshechkina, Ase B. Grodeland: Diffuse Trust or Diffuse Analysis? The Specificity of Political Distrust in Post-Communist Europe8. Yuri Levada: The Problem of Trust in Russian Public Opinion9. Petr Macek and Ivana Markova: Trust and Distrust in Old and New Democracies10. John Dunn: The Aftermath of Communism and the Vicissitudes of Public Trust