Post-Communist Civil Society: Comparative Perspective
- The purpose of the course is to provide students with the comprehensive knowledge of the conceptual history of the civil society and its development in post-communist states.
- The purpose of this course is to provide students with better understanding of activities of various non-state and non-market actors and their role in modern pot-communist societies.
- Gain deep understanding of the civil society concept
- Demonstrate how similar processes may work in entirely different social and institutional settings.
- Understand and contribute to policy making debates, related to the Russian political process and governance.
- Demonstrate a good knowledge of the theoretical framework of comparative Civil Society studies and debate on Postcommunist civil society - the assumptions, 'tools' and limitations.
- Civil society and modern political transformations in the post-Soviet regionThis section covers topics related tot he historical development of the 'civil society' concept, its role in the democratic development and consolidation. Several sessions discuss actors that belong to the civil society sphere.
- Civil Society in former Soviet Block statesThis section discusses case studies of civil society from the various post-Soviet countries including Russia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Central Asian states and South Caucasus
- In-class participation
- Presentations by students
- ExamThe exam is in a written form and takes place at the Moodle platform (https://et.hse.ru/). The exam is proctored via the Examus system (https://hse.student.examus.net). Please read the instructions (https://elearning.hse.ru/data/2020/05/07/1544135594/Технические%20требования%20к%20ПК%20студента.pdf) and check in advance if your computer fits the technical requirements. Students must enter the platform 15 minutes before the start of the exam, perform a check-up procedure, and verify their identity. Students may NOT talk to other people and use any information sources. If a student is absent due to technical problems for more than 10 minutes the exam is interrupted. The retake procedure is identical to the exam procedure.
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.25 * Essay + 0.25 * Exam + 0.25 * In-class participation + 0.25 * Presentations by students
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- Edwards, M. (2014). Civil Society (Vol. 3rd ed). Hoboken: Polity. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1102045
- McFaul, M. (1997). Transition without consolidation. Freedom Review, 28(1), 30. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=9703216954
- Mercer, C. (2002). NGOs, civil society and democratization: a critical review of the literature. Progress in Development Studies, 2(1), 5–22. https://doi.org/10.1191/1464993402ps027ra
- Boeri, T., Mishra, P., Papageorgiou, C., & Spilimbergo, A. (2018). Populism and Civil Society. [N.p.]: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1949177
- Tilly, C., & Tarrow, S. G. (2015). Contentious Politics (Vol. Second edition, fully revised and updated). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1046483
- Transactional activism without transactions: network perspective on anti-corruption activism in the Czech Republic. (2017). Social Movement Studies, 17, 203–218. https://doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2017.1404904
- Ziegler, C. E. (2016). Great powers, civil society and authoritarian diffusion in Central Asia. Central Asian Survey, 35(4), 549–569. https://doi.org/10.1080/02634937.2016.1228608