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Democracy building and civil society in post-soviet Armenia

Ishkanian, Armine (2012) Democracy building and civil society in post-soviet Armenia. Routledge contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe series. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415541176

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This volume considers the challenges of democracy building in post-Soviet Armenia, and the role of civil society in that process. It argues that, contrary to the expectations of Western aid donors, who promoted civil society on the assumption that democratization would follow from the establishment of civil society, democratic regimes have failed to materialize, and, moreover, a backlash has emerged in various post-Soviet states. Armine Ishkanian explores how far the growth of civil society depends on a country's historical, political and socio-cultural context; and how far foreign aid, often provided with conditions which encouraged the promotion of civil society, had an impact on democratization. Based on extensive original research, including fieldwork interviews with participants, Democracy Building and Civil Society in Post-Soviet Armenia considers various democratization initiatives in recent years, and assesses how far the Armenian experience is similar to, or different from, the experiences of other post-Soviet states.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2012 Routledge
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 08:39
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2021 23:15

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