1 Investigating Russian Political Culture 1 -- 2 Political Culture as a Research Agenda 18 -- 3 Surveying Attitudes in Russia: a Representation of Formlessness 45 -- 4 Uncertain Conditions in the Russian Transition: the Popular Drive toward Stability in a 'Stateless' Environment 68 -- 5 Concepts in the Making: How Russians Define Their Political World 112 -- 6 Activity and Apathy: the Extremes of Politics in the Komi Republic 134 -- 7 Russians as Political Participants: Looking Away from Politics 150 -- 8 Russian Relations with Authority: the Call for Strength and Unity in Leadership 176 -- 9 Formlessness and Cultural Recreation 209.
Taking a unique approach to studying Russian political culture, this book presents an in-depth analysis of the attitudes and activities of residents in two provincial capitals, Syktyvkar and Kirov. It shows evidence of underlying democracy in popular opinions. It also finds an authoritarian side that is being strengthened by the ongoing crisis of Russia's transition. The author directs a critical eye toward the contemporary research on Russian political culture.