Relationship between Elite Discourse and Public
Opinion in Post-Communist Russia (1992-2001) (by
Ekaterina Levintova). The goal of this article is to
compare the evolution of public and elite intellectuals'
attitudes along five issue-domains: political, ideological,
economic, foreign policy and ethnic relations.
Examination of the intellectual rhetoric and its
comparison to public opinion give clues to 1) whether
elite intellectuals serve as the ideologues of the political
elite or intermediaries between society and its elite; and
2) whether public opinion has any impact on the
rhetoric of the elite? The article describes trends in the
evolution of public opinion and elite intellectuals'
discourse. It also isolates the areas in which public
opinion is able to penetrate elite discourse and the
circumstances under which elite intellectuals
manipulate public opinion. My sources include a sample
of elite intellectuals' public documents and results of
public opinion surveys conducted by VCIOM in