Edited volume

Klaus Bachmann, Jens Gieseke (Hg.) (2016)

The Silent Majority in Communist and Post-Communist States. Opinion Polling in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

Publishing house Peter Lang
Place of publication Frankfurt am Main
Page references 238
Language English

ISBN: 978-3653961218

This book takes stock of opinion polls in communist and post-communist states, presents specific case studies and answers the question how opinion polls under conditions of censorship and lack of media pluralism differ from those in liberal democratic societies. These polls were mostly used by the ruling establishment to observe shifts in popular opinion and to anticipate protests. They were hardly presented publicly to inform citizens about the prevailing views in their society. Today, these polls often display stories about everyday life, opinion shifts and the legitimacy of state institutions which cannot be derived from other sources.

(From the publisher's website)

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