Window on Eurasia: Constant Invocations of Cultural Determinism Threatens Russia, Scholar Says

Paul Goble

Staunton, August 25 – Both supporters and opponents of the current Russian regime routinely argue that Russian cultural traditions explain why the country has not become a democracy with the rule of law, “an ‘iron’ argument” that is not nearly as compelling as those on either side of the political divide who invoke it believe.
In a posting on the Slon.ru portal, Vladimir Gelman, a Russian professor at the University of Texas at Austin, says that many of those who rely on cultural determinism to explain why in Russia political and legal institutions are so ineffective and weak are not only failing to consider other factors but justifying their own passivity (slon.ru/blogs/gelman/post/442402/). Read More , , ,

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