Questioning Democracy Promotion: Belarus' response to the 'colour revolutions'

Korosteleva, Elena (2012) Questioning Democracy Promotion: Belarus' response to the 'colour revolutions'. Democratization, 19 (1). pp. 37-59. ISSN 1351-0347. (doi:10.1080/13510347.2012.641294) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The article focuses on the aftermath of the colour revolutions by analysing and questioning the real success, as often depicted by the West, of democracy promotion in the East European region. First of all, the article challenges the conventional logic of democracy promotion – even when backed by moral reasoning and resource availability – as sufficient and adequate for instigating democratic change in non-liberal regimes. By examining the case of Belarus it further contends that authoritarian regimes effectively learn to resist and counteract foreign-led democracy promotion, and often do so legitimately, with a minimal use of force. The article concludes that in order to exercise democracy promotion (if such a thing is possible at all) a far deeper understanding of autocratic narratives is needed, associated with a much closer look at societal norms and values, as well as an individual country's geopolitical resources and strategies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13510347.2012.641294
Uncontrolled keywords: colour revolutions, democracy promotion, Belarus, authoritarian regimes, societal norms and values
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: Elena Korosteleva
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 15:40 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:41 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37648 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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