From Komsomol to the Republican Youth Union : Building a Pro-presidential Mass Youth Organisation in Post-Soviet Belarus

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Silvan , K A 2020 , ' From Komsomol to the Republican Youth Union : Building a Pro-presidential Mass Youth Organisation in Post-Soviet Belarus ' , Europe - Asia Studies , vol. 72 , no. 8 , pp. 1305-1328 . https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2020.1761296

Title: From Komsomol to the Republican Youth Union : Building a Pro-presidential Mass Youth Organisation in Post-Soviet Belarus
Author: Silvan, Kristiina Annikki
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Political History
Date: 2020-09-13
Language: eng
Number of pages: 24
Belongs to series: Europe - Asia Studies
ISSN: 0966-8136
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/336567
Abstract: Based on extensive and diverse primary material, this article provides a detailed analysis of the development of Belarusian government-affiliated youth organisations from the late 1980s until 2002. Using a historical institutionalist approach, it examines the transformation of the Belarusian Komsomol into an independent association and the emergence of new, proactive pro-government youth organisations. The article demonstrates that, contrary to common assumptions, building a mass membership pro-presidential youth organisation in Belarus was a complex project that took years to complete. When the Belarusian Republican Youth Union finally emerged in 2002, it was a result of an interplay of many structural and agency-related factors.
Subject: 5201 Political History
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