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SPP 424

Title: LEARNING TO SUPPORT NEW REGIMES IN EUROPE
 
Author: Richard Rose
 
Description: Whatever the constitution of a new regime, it is an unknown quantity; it can only become consolidated after people have experienced it. But what people learn from experience depends on the political institutions that elites supply, and there are big differences between the new and democratic European Union member states of Central and Eastern Europe and post-Soviet states and Russia. Using New Europe Barometer public opinion surveys from 13 postcommunist countries, this article shows that with the passage of time citizens in undemocratic as well as democratic regimes tend to accept their political system; however, they do so for different reasons. Democratic regimes can gain positive support from reform-minded democrats and those who reject undemocratic alternatives. By contrast, undemocratic regimes depend more on resigned acceptance from citizens who do not think there is any alternative, thus, for better or worse, making their new regime the only game in town.

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