Youth have played an important role in mobilizing support for democratic revolutions during elections that have facilitated regime change. In Serbia (2000), Georgia (2003) and Ukraine (2004) youth led the way in organizing democratic coalitions among hitherto warring opposition parties that the authorities had successfully divided and ruled over. In the three countries used as case studies, youth dominated civil society and election monitoring NGOs. The article outlines a five fold framework and discusses the issues that help understand the role of youth in democratic revolutions as well as those essential conditions that lead to success. Regime change only proved successful during certain time period, in our case electoral revolutions when the authorities were at their weakest. Organization of youth groups led to the creation of Otpor (Serbia), Kmara (Georgia) and Pora (Ukraine) and provided the youth movements with structure and purpose. The training of these organized youth NGOs became a third important condition for success and often was undertaken with Western technical and financial assistance. The choice of strategies to be employed during elections was an important fourth feature. In the three country case studies, discussed in this article, the response of the authorities proved to be ineffective, weak and counter-productive.
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Research Article| September 05 2006
Civil society, youth and societal mobilization in democratic revolutions
Taras Kuzio *
George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
* Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, 1957 E Street NW, Suite 412, Washington, DC 20052, USA. Tel.: +1 202 994 7914; fax: +1 202 994 5436. E-mail address:email@example.com
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Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2006) 39 (3): 365–386.
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Taras Kuzio; Civil society, youth and societal mobilization in democratic revolutions. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 September 2006; 39 (3): 365–386. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2006.06.005
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