Systems of Partial Control: Ethnic Dynamics in Post-Soviet Estonia and Latvia

  title={Systems of Partial Control: Ethnic Dynamics in Post-Soviet Estonia and Latvia},
  author={Michele E. Commercio},
  journal={Studies in Comparative International Development},
This article offers a theory to capture ethnic dynamics in post-Soviet Estonia and Latvia. It also explores a research question of great interest to political scientists, historians, sociologists, and economists: what accounts for stability in deeply divided societies? Drawing on Ian Lustick’s formulation of control, the author suggests that stability in deeply divided societies is a result of conscious efforts made by elites to construct what she calls “systems of partial control.” In such… 
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