Quarter of a century of russian political reforms from a psychological point of view

Quarter of a century of russian political reforms from a psychological point of view

Shestopal Ye.B.,

PhD, Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Prof., Head of the Department of Sociology and Psychology of Politics, Faculty of Political Science, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, shestop0505@rambler.ru

elibrary_id: 104409 | ORCID: 0000-0003-4778-4327 | RESEARCHER_ID: I-4529-2018

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2015.01.11
Rubric: Russia today

For citation:

Shestopal Ye.B. Quarter of a century of russian political reforms from a psychological point of view. – Polis. Political Studies. 2015. No. 1. P. 136-150. (In Russ.). https://doi.org/10.17976/jpps/2015.01.11


One can find different opinions concerning the beginning of political transformation in contemporary Russia. One group of scholars date this process from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, others – from the last years of Perestroika, the third – from its start in 1985. Whenever the date to take as a starting point, we have a substantial historic period that fits a quarter of a century, especially if we try to trace noninstitutional change, transformation of political mentality of Russian citizens who were born in the USSR and live in new Russia. The article describes transformation of citizens’ psychology under the changing political context during about a twenty five years period. Change of political concepts, images and values were chosen for analysis from a huge number of different psychological phenomena. On the basis of data from the study carried out by the author during all this period, she makes an attempt to give a periodization of political optics’ changes in the course of political transformation in Russia. These data brings the author to a conclusion that currently we became witnesses of the end of this twenty-five year period and an emergence of a clearly new condition of psychological state of Russian society that will definitely influence political process in nearest future.

Russia; political transformation; psychology; values; images; concepts; political preferences; democracy.

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