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'Failed Opposition' Reconsidered: Dynamism and Changing Paradigms in Azerbaijan
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, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Baku, Azerbaijan.
2016 (English)In: The Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies / [ed] Kaj Hobér, Anna Jonsson Cornell and Leonid Polishchuk, London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing , 2016, 1, 104-122 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this article we argue that repression and political manipulation do not eliminate opposition in authoritarian contexts but give it a dynamic and transformational character. However marginalized opposition parties are still, in some cases after twenty years or more, publicly requesting change, freedoms and liberties. Moreover, this pro-democracy work is continued by the next generation of activists. We will be using the case of Azerbaijan to highlight that even though the uncompromising attitude of the authoritarian institutions seem static, and unable to shake, the opposition against them is very dynamic. Despite being severely repressed ‘opposition’ is gradually becoming more diverse and sustainable, even though this is not at all visible on the political arena. The purpose of the article is to shed light on these new opposition dynamics in the context of the Azerbaijani 2013 presidential election. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing , 2016, 1. 104-122 p.
Series
, The Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies, ISSN 2059-0989 ; 1
Keyword [en]
Opposition Azerbaijan Authoritarianism Protest Elections Caucasus Post-Soviet democratization revolution
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302407OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-302407DiVA: diva2:957461
Projects
Building Sustainable Opposition in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes#ProtestBaku. Står Azerbajdzjan på tur för en demokratisk revolution?
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, F13-1356:1Swedish Research Council, 348-2014-5974 V
Available from: 2016-09-02 Created: 2016-09-02 Last updated: 2016-09-02

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