Who supports marketization and democratization in post-communist Romania?

Glenn Firebaugh, Dumitru Sandu

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Abstract

The post-1989 change in former Communist societies in East and Central Europe is generally viewed as a double transition involving both marketization (removal of state hegemony over the economy) and demoralization (move to a Western-style liberal democracy). Data from a nationwide survey of Romania in 1993 demonstrates that Romanians in fact distinguish two reform dimensions-marketization and democratization - as opposed to a single "pro-Westernization" dimension. Though Romanians distinguish marketization and democratization conceptually, support for reform in both instances is strongest among the same segments of the population: the young, the better educated, men, and those living in cities. Further analysis reveals that the effects of age, gender, and urban residence (but not education) largely wash out once the effects of risk aversion, individualistic ideology, and personal economic expectations are controlled for. Risk aversion is an especially important mediating variable. Men, the young, and those in cities are more likely to support marketization and democratization in large part because they tend to be less averse to risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-541
Number of pages21
JournalSociological Forum
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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