The Impact of the Soviet Legacy on Post-communist Civil Society

By Huseyn Aliyev.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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This article investigates the relationship between the Soviet legacy and the post-communist civil society in the Caucasus region. The key argument is that there are two main forms of former regime’s legacy that affect the development of civil society: institutional legacy, engraved in institutional norms and regulations, and individual legacy present in people’s attitudes and behaviours. Both forms of the former regime’s legacy have to be understood as a part of the process of civic continuity which ensures both the survival of old institutional customs and traditions and their continuous influence upon the regulations and norms guiding the present-day civil sector in the Caucasus.

Keywords: Civic and Political Studies, Civil Society, Former Regime's Legacy, Caucasus, Former Soviet Union

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 8, Issue 2, December 2014, pp.13-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 353.817KB).

Huseyn Aliyev

Ph.D Candidate, Department of Politics, University of Otago, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand