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The Politics of Protest in Hybrid Regimes
Managing Dissent in Post-Communist Russia

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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521118750

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  • Since the end of the Cold War, more and more countries feature political regimes that are neither liberal democracies nor closed authoritarian systems. Most research on these hybrid regimes focuses on how elites manipulate elections to stay in office, but in places as diverse as Bolivia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela, protest in the streets has been at least as important as elections in bringing about political change. The Politics of Protest in Hybrid Regimes builds on previously unpublished data and extensive fieldwork in Russia to show how one high-profile hybrid regime manages political competition in the workplace and in the streets. More generally, the book develops a theory of how the nature of organizations in society, state strategies for mobilizing supporters, and elite competition shape political protest in hybrid regimes.

    • Rigorous research based on internal data on protest from the Russian Ministry of Interior
    • Qualitative analysis based on interviews and participant observation in Russian cities from St Petersburg to Vladivostok
    • Unique combination of broad theoretical reach and deep area knowledge
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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521118750
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 165 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 20 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Protest and regimes: organizational ecology, mobilization strategies and elite competition
    3. Protest and regime in Russia
    4. The geography of strikes
    5. A time for trouble
    6. Elections and the decline of protest
    7. Vladimir Putin and defeat-proofing the system
    8. Protest, repression and order from below
    9. Implications for Russia and elsewhere.

  • Author

    Graeme B. Robertson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Graeme B. Robertson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research focuses on labor, social movements, political protest, and the problems of governance in authoritarian regimes. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, the Slavic Review, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Pro et Contra and the Journal of Democracy.

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