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Wolfram Hilz, Shushanik Minasyan (ed.)

Armenian Developments, page 133 - 134

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/10.5771/9783828871977-133

Series: Bonner Studien zum globalen Wandel, vol. 24

Tectum, Baden-Baden
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133 Contributors Professor Arpie Balian American University of Armenia, Armenia Valentina Gevorgyan Political Scientist, Department of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Fribourg, Switzerland Professor Dr. Wolfram Hilz Professor of Political Science, Institute of Political Science and Sociology, University of Bonn, Germany Nina Kankanyan BAB Program Coordinator, American University of Armenia, Armenia Narek Manukyan Chief of staff, National Program for Educational Excellence established by the Ayb Educational Foundation in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, Armenia Dr. Shushanik Minasyan Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science and Sociology, University of Bonn, Germany Narek Mkrtchyan PhD Visiting lecturer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), American University of Armenia, Armenia Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan PhD Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Affairs Program, American University of Armenia, Armenia

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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.