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Wolfram Hilz, Shushanik Minasyan (Ed.)

Armenian Developments, page 1 - 6

Perspectives of Democratization and the Role of the Civil Society

1. Edition 2019, ISBN print: 978-3-8288-4287-8, ISBN online: 978-3-8288-7197-7, https://doi.org/10.5771/9783828871977-1

Series: Bonner Studien zum globalen Wandel, vol. 24

Tectum, Baden-Baden
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Bonner Studien zum globalen Wandel Bonner Studien zum globalen Wandel Herausgegeben von Prof. Dr. Wolfram Hilz Band 24 Wolfram Hilz Shushanik Minasyan Armenian Developments Perspectives of Democratization and the Role of the Civil Society Tectum Verlag Wolfram Hilz Shushanik Minasyan Armenian Developments. Perspectives of Democratization and the Role of the Civil Society Bonner Studien zum globalen Wandel Herausgegeben von Prof. Dr. Wolfram Hilz. Band 24 E-Book: 978-3-8288-7197-7 (Dieser Titel ist zugleich als gedrucktes Werk unter der ISBN 978-3-8288-4287-8 im Tectum Verlag erschienen.) ISSN: 1869-7186 Umschlagabbildung: © Anahit Hairapetyan Tectum – Ein Verlag in der Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Baden-Baden 2019 Besuchen Sie uns im Internet www.tectum-verlag.de Bibliografische Informationen der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek verzeichnet diese Publikation in der Deutschen Nationalbibliografie; detaillierte bibliografische Angaben sind im Internet über http://dnb.ddb.de abrufbar. 5 Contents 1 Introduction ............................................................................. 7 Wolfram Hilz / Shushanik Minasyan 2 Armenia and the Importance of Civil Society .................... 11 Shushanik Minasyan 3 A New Channel of Information? The Challenge of Using the Social Media as a Mobilising Tool for the Armenian Civil Society ............................................................................ 27 Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan / Valentina Gevorgyan 4 Environmental Activism in Armenia 2008-2014: Strategies and Impact ............................................................................. 45 Nina Kankanyan / Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan 5 Increasing State Capacity & Legitimacy Through Civil Service Reform ...................................................................... 63 Arpie G. Balian 6 The Reform of the General Education System in Armenia: Education Policy Borrowing in a State of Democratization and Transitional Institutional Capacity .............................. 77 Narek Manukyan 7 The Armenian Apostolic Church Between the State and Civil Society: Challenges and Opportunities .................... 101 Narek Mkrtchyan 8 The Velvet Revolution A New Path for Armenia .......... 119 Shushanik Minasyan Contributors ................................................................................ 133

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Abstract

The development of societies during and after periods of authoritarian or totalitarian rule is among the most interesting research topics in social sciences. On the one hand, the analysis is directed at why, when and how societies resist tyrannies and what ultimately leads to the downfall of seemingly invincible regimes. On the other hand, once such authoritarian regimes unravel, it is important to comprehend how societal groups organize themselves and how they try to influence political processes. In the case of the former Soviet republics, this transition was a complex and incalculable development that led to very heterogeneous political and societal situations. Due to the territorial situation of Armenia – wedged between the predominantly hostile neighbors Turkey and Azerbaijan, in the shadow of hegemonial Russia and Iran – the domestic Armenian development options seemed limited for decades. However, the transformation of the civil society in the Republic of Armenia finally paved its way slowly but constantly in recent years. The aim of this volume is to shed light on the ongoing discussion on civil society in Armenia in the context of democratization and to examine its potential for democratic consolidation. The perspectives recount diverse facets of the Armenian civic landscape, as well as the recent processes of democratization. The contributions from predominantly Armenian experts focus on the necessary structures and important actors for an understanding and characterization of the current situation of the Armenian civil society.