International Dimensions of Authoritarian Persistence: Lessons from Post-Soviet States

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Rachel Vanderhill, Michael E. Aleprete, Jr.
Lexington Books, 19. 7. 2013 - Počet stran: 280
While the international system has been evolving in an increasingly liberal direction, the level of democratic practice within the post-Soviet region has, on the whole, declined. Two decades after the popular uprisings against communism, many governments in the region have successfully blunted both popular and international pressures for democratic consolidation. Each selection in this volume explores how international factors interact with domestic conditions to explain the persistence of authoritarianism throughout the region. The selections in the volume cover several countries, including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, South Ossetia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus; special attention is paid to the Russian Federation since it is both a member of the region and acts as an external actor influencing the political development of its neighbors.

This volume is especially relevant as the world again experiences the surprising overthrow of long-running authoritarian regimes. The failure of democratic consolidation among post-Soviet states offers important lessons for policymakers and academics dealing with the recent wave of political transitions in the Middle East and Asia.
 

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Authoritarian Persistence in Historys Aftermath
1
International Relations and Political Centralization during Putins First Term
11
Petroleum vs Western Aid
31
Rent Seeking and Authoritarian Consolidation in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
59
Central Asian Conceptions of Democracy
81
The Promulgation of Antidemocratic Norms in South Ossetia
105
Azerbaijan
125
Ukraine
141
Out of the Authoritarian Labyrinth
165
Authoritarian Belarus between Russia and Europe
193
Conclusions
219
Bibliography
231
Index
257
About the Contributors
269
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O autorovi (2013)

Rachel Vanderhill is professor of government at Wofford College.

Michael E. Aleprete Jr. is associate professor of political science at Westminster College.

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