The End of Adaptive Authoritarianism in Belarus?

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In the 2000s the Belarusian regime appeared adept at developing appropriate methods for countering external democratisation efforts and was even a model for other post-Soviet autocracies. To cope with ever-changing internal and external environments, the regime honed the methods of adaptive authoritarianism. However, this article shows that the Belarusian system is fragile and failing by using a framework that analyses various aspects of adaptive authoritarianism, including performance legitimacy, personalist rule, neopatrimonialism, managed pluralism and coercive capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Issue number1
Early online date16 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Part of this research was conducted when the author was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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