By Olena Nikolayenko

The political outlook of kids within the international locations of the previous Soviet Union is important to their nations’ destiny political improvement. This is particularly proper now because the first iteration with no firsthand adventure of communism firstly hand is forthcoming maturity. in accordance with large unique learn and together with new survey study among teens, this e-book examines younger people’s political outlook in international locations of the previous Soviet Union; it compares and contrasts Russia, the place authoritarianism has started to reassert itself, and Ukraine, which skilled a democratic step forward within the aftermath of the Orange Revolution. The ebook examines questions similar to: How supportive is that this new iteration of the hot political order? What photos of the Soviet Union succeed within the minds of kids? How a lot belief does formative years position in present political and public associations? Addressing those questions is important to realizing the level to which the present regimes can live on at the wave of public help. The ebook argues that Russian teenagers are likely to position extra belief within the incumbent president and harbour extra regrets in regards to the disintegration of the Soviet Union than their friends in Ukraine; it demonstrates that youngsters mistrust political events and politicians, and that patriotic schooling shapes social and political values.

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Introduction 15 The demographic characteristics of survey respondents nonetheless closely correspond to the characteristics of the country's population. 5 percent. 8 percent in the Russian population aged between 15 and 19. The ethnic composition of the sample also adequately represents the population at large. In the survey, the measurement of the sample's ethnic composition is tailored to the national context. In Russia, students were prompted to identify their membership in an ethnic group. Given the frequency of mixed marriages, however, the Ukraine students were asked to report their parents' ethnicity (separately for mother and father).

Allegedly, the Ministry of Defense tried to keep a lid on the scandal by offering her a bribe, but she declined the offer. The media attention to Sychov's beating has exposed a litany of problems that afflict the Russian army. Amid the torrent of negative news, young men facing the prospect of mandatory conscription tend to question the military's credentials to provide a secure environment for the professional training of new conscripts. The army is often one of the first points of youth interaction with government institutions.

B Kyiv is the reference category for the other two Ukrainian cities. Attitudes toward democracy 31 Apparently, there are gender differences in the level of articulating one's conception of democracy. The conventional view holds that men tend to display more interest in politics and, by extension, more political knowledge, than women (Bennett and Bennett 1989; Delli Carpini and Keeter 1991). In a highly politicized social environment, however, everyone is likely to start following politics. In the aftermath of the 2004 presidential election, Ukrainian adolescents regardless of gender took a keen interest in politics: more than half of male and female students reported a" high" or" very high" level of interest in politics.

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