Cultural Liberal and Conservative Mobilizing Potential and Political Participation in Post-Communist Countries

Paulina Pospieszna, Kateřina Vráblíková

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While the social-cultural conflict has been examined at the level of sociopolitical actors, less is known about how this division operates at the level of ordinary citizens and their participation in politics. Using originally collected nationally representative public opinion surveys, this study connects the ideological cultural dimension of politics and citizens’ political participation in five post-communist countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. Specifically, the article (1) maps the mobilizing potential for culturally liberal and conservative issues; (2) examines the profile of people (sociodemographic characteristics, political attitudes, democratic norms, and membership in organizations) in these two camps; and (3) demonstrates how the mobilizing potential of the two ideological camps translates into actual types of political participation (voting; protesting; petition signing; and Internet activism). The analysis shows relatively high mobilizing potential for culturally liberal issues in five post-communist countries and a relatively weak link between culturally conservative mobilizing potential and civil society engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1422-1448
Number of pages27
JournalEast European Politics and Societies
Issue number4
Early online date10 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2022

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by a research grant of the National Science Center in Poland. Project no.2018/30/M/HS5/00437.


  • conservative values
  • liberal values
  • mobilization
  • political participation
  • post-communism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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