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Postcommunist Belarus

Korosteleva, Elena and White, Stephen and Löwenhardt, John, eds. (2005) Postcommunist Belarus. Rowman & Littlefield, New York & London, 208 pp. ISBN 0-7425-3555-X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Belarus is one of the least studied European states to emerge from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In fact, few Western specialists paid much attention to its affairs during the Soviet era. Nevertheless, Belarus constitutes an important and sensitive border region between Russia and the western part of the continent. In Postcommunist Belarus, a stellar group of contributors examines the issues and the search for identity that Belarus has confronted in the period leading up to and following independence.

The country is run in an authoritarian fashion by President Alexander Lukashenko and many observers, both inside and outside Belarus, would use the term "dictatorship" to describe his rule. Belarusian authorities prefer to emphasize the strong support of the people for the president and his cautious approach to economic reform. It seems unlikely that the country can hold out permanently against the wider pressures of democratization and economic reform that are transforming its neighbors. The country's situation offers political scientists many facets for comparison with established models.

Belarus is grappling with challenges that are conceptual and psychological as much as they are political, economic, and social. Through new research, the contributors to Postcommunist Belarus offer an important, coherent, and comparative perspective on this little-known country.

Item Type: Edited book
Additional information: Joint Editor
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
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: 11 Apr 2014 13:35 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:37 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/39192 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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