This article examines the relationship between social justice norms and the perceived legitimacy of the social stratification system in the Czech Republic. Despite the fact that meritocratic values have remained the dominant part of ideology in the Czech Republic throughout the transformation process, those values have played only a very minor role in fostering evaluations of system legitimacy, such as perceptions of system closure and widespread inequality. This article argues that perceived corruption is the key factor that negatively mediates the relationship between norms of distributive justice and beliefs about social legitimacy, and ultimately plays a major role in reducing the legitimacy of the social stratification system. The main analysis uses a structural equation model based on Czech data from the ISSP Role of Government Survey in 2006. The evidence lends support to the path dependency view of the social transformation process, according to which rampant corruption, which was a core legacy of the market transformation process, continues to shape system legitimacy even in the face of relative economic prosperity of the mid 2000s.
Skip Nav Destination
Research Article| November 16 2010
Perceived corruption, distributive justice, and the legitimacy of the system of social stratification in the Czech Republic
Michael L. Smith
Michael L. Smith
Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
Search for other works by this author on:
Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2010) 43 (4): 439–451.
Michael L. Smith; Perceived corruption, distributive justice, and the legitimacy of the system of social stratification in the Czech Republic. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 December 2010; 43 (4): 439–451. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2010.10.005
Download citation file:
Don't already have an account? Register
You could not be signed in. Please check your email address / username and password and try again.
Could not validate captcha. Please try again.