Two American specialists on Russia report the results of two nationwide surveys conducted in that country in 1992 (N = 1, 393) and 1993 (N = 1, 598). Focus was on rates and types of political activism and their correlation with attitudes toward economic and political reform. Conclusions are that different types of political activism attract different constituencies. People with higher income and occupational status participate in a wide range of activities but are significantly less likely than others to vote. Those with less to gain from the transition are more likely to vote-perhaps a legacy of communism-but take part less in activities which demand high levels of commitment and resources.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science
- Economics and Econometrics
- Political Science and International Relations