Was There a Quiet Revolution? Belarus After the 2006 Presidential Election

Korosteleva, Elena (2010) Was There a Quiet Revolution? Belarus After the 2006 Presidential Election. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 25 (2-3). pp. 324-346. ISSN 1352-3279. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13523270902861038) (Full text available)

Abstract

The 2006 presidential election in Belarus mobilized a large cross-section of society to protest against the Lukashenko regime. Although unprecedented, the mass mobilization was short-lived, failing to develop into another kind of coloured revolution in the region. The key to our understanding of the endurance of Lukashenko's regime seems to lie in its internal environment, and notably, in the seemingly contradictory feature of the Belarusian electorate. Not only do they fully identify with the president, thus effectively legitimizing his politics and policies; they also do so knowingly, through their strategic learning of how to survive and even thrive under Lukashenko's regime. This type of learning, however, may not necessarily lead to a critical reflection of the regime's malpractice, and thus is unlikely to challenge its foundations.

Item Type: Article
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: 14 Apr 2014 11:24 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 23:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/39209 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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