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Elite and mass confidence in new democracies - towards congruence? The baltic states 1992-2007

Eliten- und Bevölkerungsvertrauen in neuen Demokratien - auf dem Weg zur Konvergenz? Die baltischen Staaten 1992-2007
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Steen, Anton

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Abstract "Confidence in political and social institutions is of basic importance for democratic rule. The topic here is the patterns of elite and mass confidence in parliament, police, private business, and the church, in three Baltic States following the collapse of communism. The main finding is that elite's confidence in new institutions is considerably more affirmative than among the mass public, indicating their leading role in the consolidation process. I argue that this finding is more in line with the theory of democratic elitism than liberal democratic theory and underscore the vital role of elites in the process of democratic consolidation. However, gaps and trends over time vary between the countries, which also accentuate the importance of national contexts as explanations." (author's abstract)
Keywords Baltic States; elite; elite research; political elite; democratization; confidence; population; political institution; social institution; police; economy; parliament; church; post-communist society; transformation; consolidation; theory; Latvia; Lithuania; Estonia; comparative political science; USSR successor state; post-socialist country
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; General History
Method empirical; quantitative empirical; historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 127-147
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 1
Issue topic Elite foundations of social theory and politics / Elitetheoretische Grundlagen sozialwissenschaftlicher Theoriebildung und politischer Analyse
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works