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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Artem Zemtsov
Impact of Social and Psychological Characteristic on Authoritarian Political Views of Contemporary Russians
Applied Politics
(Master’s programme)
2017
The study "The Impact of Social and Psychological Characteristics on Authoritarian Political Representations of Modern Russians" is based on the data of the "Levada Center" for the last twenty years. The author considers the propensity to authoritarian attitudes of Russians with the help of quantitative and qualitative methods. The author analyzes foreign and domestic concepts that examine the theory of authoritarianism, as well as empirical studies related to the study of the pull of authoritarian political attitudes.

The results of the quantitative part of the study are in many ways a confirmation of Western studies, the conclusions of which have already become normative: authoritarianism is virtually unrelated to gender, the higher the age, the more probable authoritarianism is higher, the lower the level of education, the higher is authoritarianism, the lower the population, the higher Authoritarianism and the less the respondent earns, the more probable authoritarianism is higher.

The results of the qualitative part of the study make it possible to assert that socio-psychological characteristics (conventionality, rigidity, stereotypism and anti-individualism) are connected with authoritarianism in the political perceptions of modern Russians. Socio-psychological characteristics that are also related to the authoritarianism of modern Russians include ambivalence in political attitudes, infantilism, "strong / weak" relations. At the same time, authoritarianism absolutely does not depend on the socio-demographic status of the respondent.

Relying on the concept of Almond and Verba, authoritarian political ideas of modern Russians correspond to the parochial-subjective type of political culture that is dominant in the three-part civil culture, uniting - parochial, subject and participatory types. This kind of cultural mixture, where the parochial-loyalty type prevails over the type of participatory, present in the civil culture of modern Russians is much less.

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