Mass Opposition to the Soviet Putsch of August 1991: Collective Action, Rational Choice, and Democratic Values in the Former Soviet Union

@article{Gibson1997MassOT,
  title={Mass Opposition to the Soviet Putsch of August 1991: Collective Action, Rational Choice, and Democratic Values in the Former Soviet Union},
  author={James L. Gibson},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={1997},
  volume={91},
  pages={671 - 684}
}
  • J. Gibson
  • Published 1 September 1997
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
The attempted coup in August 1991 provides an acid test of whether a democratic political culture is emerging in the former Soviet Union. This paper considers the hypothesis that active resistance to the coup was partly a function of attachments to democracy. Relying heavily on earlier models of collective action, and based on a 1992 survey of mass opinion in all the republics, this hypothesis is tested within a broader theory of rational choice and expectancy theory. Generally, it seems that… 

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