Title
Left-wing authoritarianism is not a myth, but a worrisome reality : evidence from 13 Eastern European countries Left-wing authoritarianism is not a myth, but a worrisome reality : evidence from 13 Eastern European countries
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Sociology
Politics
Law
Source (journal)
Communist and post communist studies / University of California. - -, 1993, currens
Volume/pages
44(2011) :4 , p. 299-308
44(2011) :4 , p. 299-308
ISSN
0967-067X
1873-6920
ISI
000298522700005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
A sometimes heated debate between authoritarianism researchers takes place on the issue of authoritarianism on the left. Some researchers argue that authoritarianism is typical for right-wing political orientation while other researchers assert that authoritarianism can also be found at the left side of the political spectrum. The aim of this paper is twofold. First, we aim to contribute to the ongoing discussion on left-wing authoritarianism. Using representative samples, the relationship between authoritarianism and political preferences is examined in 13 ex-communist Eastern European countries. Employing six different indicators of left-wing/communist political orientations make clear that, despite cross-national differences, left-wing authoritarianism is definitely not a myth in Eastern European countries. Second, it was aimed to survey whether authoritarian persons in Eastern European countries might be a possible threat for the transition to democracy. Based upon five items it was demonstrated that in general the Eastern European population seems to hold a positive opinion on democracy. However, it becomes also clear that authoritarian persons in the ex-communist countries are significantly less positive towards democracy.
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