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Volume 7 Issue 1 (February 1997), Pages 1-101

In the Search for a Post‐Communist Syndrome: A Theoretical Framework and Empirical Assessment (pages 39-52)


A pattern of attitudes and behaviours in the recently freed, post‐communist countries is hypothesized as a post‐communist syndrome. This study describes the syndrome and its aetiology. The syndrome is viewed as a direct result of long‐lasting, oppressive rule and suggests a host of individual and social disorders: learned helplessness, specific manifestations of immorality/incivility, lack of civic culture and civic virtues. Using Q‐factor analysis of ‘civic culture’ in a sample of Czech, Hungarian and American students it was found that contrary to the hypothesis, the Czech respondents exhibited a robust civic culture. (© 1997 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.)

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