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Arista Maria Cirtautas
POL S 447
Seattle Campus

Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics

Selected comparative political problems, political institutions, processes, and issues in comparative perspective. Strongly Recommended: POL S 204.

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DISSENT, MOBILIZATION AND REVOLUTION IN POST-COMMUNIST EUROPE This course will examine the unconventional forms of political expression that have developed in eastern Europe since the end of communism. In the context of weakly institutionalized political party systems, under-developed civil societies and unresponsive governments, east European societal actors have found different, less formalized, ways of expressing their grievances as well as their aspirations for better governance and more just societies. In this context, it is important to note that not all dissent and mobilization takes place within a liberal democratic framework; nationalist and religiously based mobilization has also taken place. Whereas the content of dissent and mobilization may differ, the forms show considerable similarities: organizational fluidity, use of social media, attention to symbolism and visual expression, amorphous ideologies and possible contagion effects as mobilization in one country leads to unrest in another. This trans-national dimension of popular protest has, of course, prompted regime elites to develop some 'creative' counter-mobilization tactics of their own. Finally, we will consider how the concept and the practice of 'revolution' may have changed as a result of the Color Revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia. Our case studies will include: Ukraine, Poland, and Russia.

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Last Update by Arista Maria Cirtautas
Date: 03/31/2014