Bringing Actors Back in : Political Choices and Sources of Post-Soviet Regime Dynamics

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Gelman , V 2018 , ' Bringing Actors Back in : Political Choices and Sources of Post-Soviet Regime Dynamics ' , Post-Soviet Affairs , vol. 34 , no. 5 , pp. 282-296 . https://doi.org/10.1080/1060586X.2018.1493785

Title: Bringing Actors Back in : Political Choices and Sources of Post-Soviet Regime Dynamics
Author: Gelman, Vladimir
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Russian and Eurasian Studies (Aleksanteri Institute)
Date: 2018-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Post-Soviet Affairs
ISSN: 1060-586X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/312861
Abstract: One might summarize the state of the field of research into contemporary Russian politics as a dismal consensus: most observers believe that durable authoritarianism has consolidated itself, and there is very little chance of democratization in the foreseeable future. However, political regime changes are often launched and developed overtime as side effects of moves made by political actors, and their outcomes are not predetermined. This article aims to go beyond this dismal consensus, and revisits some of the arguments on the role of structure and agency in post-Soviet regime dynamics. Apart from the changes in structural variables, it reconsiders the role of the incentives and choices of self-interested political actors, who are not always omnipotent and well-informed strategists. The overall dismal tendencies nevertheless leave some bias for hope in the analysis of regime dynamics in post-Soviet Eurasia and beyond.
Subject: 517 Political science
political regimes
EURASIA
authoritarianism
democratization
political science
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