ASCN: Armenian Civil Society after 20 Years of Transition: Still Post-Communist?

A very interesting publication provided by Academic Swiss Caucasus  Network prgroamme, where the authors Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan Valentina Gevorgyan are analysing the transformation of civil society phenomenon focusing particularly on post-communist civil society, using Armenia as an example. 
They say, Eastern Europe experienced unprecedented levels of social mobilisation, which, greatly contributed to the collapse of the Soviet system. Since then, civil society has become, and remains, the focus of numerous studies of democratisation in various parts of the world. Post-communist civil society has been repeatedly described since the mid-1990s as weak and underperforming in a number of countries for different time periods. There have been several studies about Armenian civil society, but they have not related the observed patterns and problems to the broader framework of the legacy of communism. Most of the studies have had narrow time horizons, focusing mostly on describing and analysing Armenian civil society (or its elements) at the time of the research conducted. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no studies of Armenian civil society encompassing the two decades of its development, what is the purpose of this publication.

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