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Perpetually ‘partly free’: lessons from post-Soviet hybrid regimes on backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe

Knott, Eleanor ORCID: 0000-0002-9131-3939 (2018) Perpetually ‘partly free’: lessons from post-Soviet hybrid regimes on backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe. East European Politics, 34 (3). pp. 355-376. ISSN 2159-9165

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Identification Number: 10.1080/21599165.2018.1493993

Abstract

This article discusses the lessons that can be drawn from post-Soviet experiences of democratisation in hybrid regimes for debates on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) ‘democratic backsliding’. Focusing on Moldova and Ukraine, the article investigates the ebb and flow of post-Soviet democratisation in hybrid regimes. It explores factors that have hindered democratisation, namely state and media capture by business-political interests, and factors that have hindered authoritarian consolidation, namely civil society and citizens’ potential for mobilisation. The article reflects on how these factors can inform debates on backsliding in more consolidated democracies, such as CEE states.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fjcs21/current
Additional Information: © 2018 Informa UK Limited
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 11:02
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88675

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