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