Post-Soviet Civil Society Democratization in Russia and the by Anders Uhlin

By Anders Uhlin

The advance of civil society has diversified drastically around the former Soviet Union. The Baltic states have completed a excessive point of integration with the West and eu Union club, whereas a few areas in Russia lag some distance in the back of. Now for the 1st time there's a comparative examine of civil society and democratization throughout post-Soviet nationwide borders. Acknowledging the large version through the area, the publication deals distinct information on advancements in Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. employing an cutting edge analytical framework derived from theories of democratization, civil society, social activities and transnational relatives, the researchers have formulated broader comparisons and generalisations with out neglecting the explicit post-Soviet context. The publication presents a scientific comparability throughout sectors in addition to international locations, and includes chapters on NGOs, the nation and clash, and transnationalisation. Quantitative survey information is mixed with qualitative interviews and case examine learn to either make sure earlier findings concerning the weak point of post-communist civil society and to qualify prior examine.

Show description

Read Online or Download Post-Soviet Civil Society Democratization in Russia and the Baltic States (Basees Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies) PDF

Best democracy books

Pericles of Athens

Pericles has had the infrequent contrast of giving his identify to a complete interval of background, embodying what has frequently been taken because the golden age of the traditional Greek international. “Periclean” Athens witnessed tumultuous political and army occasions, and achievements of the top order in philosophy, drama, poetry, oratory, and structure.

Is Democracy Exportable?

Can democratic states transplant the seeds of democracy into constructing international locations? What have political thinkers going again to the Greek city-states thought of their potential to advertise democracy? How can democracy be verified in divided societies? during this well timed quantity a uncommon crew of political scientists seeks solutions to those and different basic questions at the back of the idea that often called "democracy advertising.

Islamism, democracy and liberalism in Turkey: the case of the AKP

The Justice and improvement get together (AKP) have been elected to energy in 2002 and because then Turkish politics has gone through massive switch. This ebook is a complete research of the AKP, in phrases not only of its ideological time table, but in addition of its social foundation and function in place of work in general theatres of public coverage – political reform, and cultural, fiscal and overseas rules.

Deliberative global politics: discourse and democracy in a divided world

Contending discourses underlie a few of the worlds so much intractable conflicts, generating distress and violence. this can be very true within the post-9/11 international. even if, contending discourses may also open how one can better discussion in international civil society and throughout states and foreign organisations.

Extra resources for Post-Soviet Civil Society Democratization in Russia and the Baltic States (Basees Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies)

Sample text

Defining and measuring democracy The theoretical (and practical) discourse on democracy is to a large extent characterized by the antagonism between two opposing positions concerning the definition of democracy. On one side we have proponents of narrow, formal, macro-level, institutionalist, and electoralist definitions. On the other side we have those favouring broad, substantive, micro-level, society-oriented, participatory, and equality-oriented definitions. The former are common within empirical democratic theory and typically draw on the minimalist definition used by Schumpeter (1976), which sees democracy simply as a process for electing leaders based on elite competition.

Before turning to this discussion we need to consider other types of actors within civil society. Non-governmental organizations are formal, self-governing, voluntary, non-profit organizations (cf. Gordenker and Weiss 1996:20). By self-governing we mean a relative autonomy in relation to states, capital and other organizations. In fact, the existence of what has been called GONGOs (governmentally organized non-governmental organizations), MANGOs (manipulated non-governmental organizations) and GRINGOs (governmentally regulated and initiated non-governmental organizations) is an indication of the complex relationship between state and non-state authorities (Higgott et al.

Interactions within transnational advocacy networks are often asymmetrical (Keck and Sikkink 1998:207). Networks might be particularly good at transferring information, but for the collection and distribution of other types of resources they may be less reliable than other types of organizations. Access to information may be restricted to those who are already within the network (Ahrne 1998:92). The increase in transnational problems and the incapacity of governments to cope with these problems explain the emergence of transnational civil society networks.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.50 of 5 – based on 50 votes