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Contemporary Belarus

Between Democracy and Dictatorship

Contemporary Belarus by Elena Korosteleva
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Belarus is unique among the states of the former Soviet bloc, in that after a decade of transition', the country remains stalled' and backward-oriented. Political and economic changes are characterised by half-measures, and recently a new suppression of dissent has been introduced; the country balances between the prospect of democracy and a retreat to authoritarianism. These developments contrast starkly with the many democratic changes in neighbouring states and suggest a possible alternative path for future development in Eastern Europe. This book provides a thorough overview of current developments in Belarus. It looks at historical, political, economic and social changes, and at international relations, especially relations with Russia and the European Union, considering all these factors both in their domestic and international contexts and defines the type of democracy, if any, which exists in Belarus, exploring the prospects for further democratisation.
Taylor and Francis; August 2003
220 pages; ISBN 9781135789473
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Title: Contemporary Belarus
Author: Elena Korosteleva; Colin Lawson; Rosalind Marsh