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Resisting the Irresistible: ‘Failed Opposition’ in Azerbaijan and Belarus Revisited
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2018 (English)In: Government and Opposition, ISSN 0017-257X, E-ISSN 1477-7053Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In recent literature on post-Soviet electoral revolutions in places where attempts at regime change through popular protest did not succeed, opposition groups are often simply regarded as ‘failed’. And yet, opposition actors exist and participate in the political life of their country. Building on the Belarusian and Azerbaijani cases, we argue that opposition actors are maintained in a ‘ghetto’, often virtual, tightly managed by the ruling authorities who exert monopolistic control over civic activities. Opposition actors adapt to the restricted conditions – accepting a certain level of dependency. They thus develop various tactics to engage with the outside, striving to reduce the ghetto walls. To this end this article proposes a typology of what we call oppositional ‘resistance models’: electoral, in the media, lobbying and through education. The models highlight what makes ‘opposition’ in authoritarian states and are a step towards a more comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon in this context.

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2018.
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opposition activism resistance models authoritarianism Azerbaijan Belarus
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-341916DOI: 10.1017/gov.2017.33OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-341916DiVA, id: diva2:1183205
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Swedish Research Council, 348-2014-5974Available from: 2018-02-16 Created: 2018-02-16 Last updated: 2018-03-15Bibliographically approved

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