Yielding to the sons of the soil: Abkhazian democracy and the marginalization of the Armenian vote

@article{Kolst2013YieldingTT,
  title={Yielding to the sons of the soil: Abkhazian democracy and the marginalization of the Armenian vote},
  author={P{\aa}l Kolst{\o} and Helge Blakkisrud},
  journal={Ethnic and Racial Studies},
  year={2013},
  volume={36},
  pages={2075 - 2095}
}
Abstract Among the post-Soviet de facto states, Abkhazia is unique in that the secessionists pursued self-determination in the name of a minority group. Today the ethnic Abkhaz enjoy a virtual monopoly on political power. Simultaneously, Abkhazia has developed a reasonably democratic political system. How has it been possible for the ethnic Abkhaz to monopolize power within a political system that exhibits most of the trappings of democratic rule? We discuss four alternative theories of ethnic… Expand
The political economy of a de facto state: the importance of local stakeholders in the case of Abkhazia
Between 1993 and 2008, the economy of Abkhazia was subjected to a multiplicity of internal and external influences. According to the authorities of the de facto state, its stunted growth was aExpand
The political economy of a de facto state: the importance of local stakeholders in the case of Abkhazia
Between 1993 and 2008, the economy of Abkhazia was subjected to a multiplicity of internal and external influences. According to the authorities of the de facto state, its stunted growth was aExpand
Legitimacy and ethnic politics in de facto states: rhetoric, legislation and reality in Abkhazia and Kosovo
This thesis investigates three closely related research questions. The first is how de facto states make use of minority rights norms to garner legitimacy on the international stage. The second isExpand
Convincing State-Builders? Disaggregating Internal Legitimacy in Abkhazia
De facto states, functional on the ground but unrecognized by most states, have long been black boxes for systematic empirical research. This study investigates de facto states’ internalExpand
Exclusion, violence, and optimism: Ethnic divides in Kyrgyzstan
The nation-building projects in much of post-socialist Eurasia have been characterized by the promotion of ethnic majorities and marginalization of minority groups. In dialogue with the scholarshipExpand
Resourcing de facto jurisdictions: A theoretical perspective on cases in the South Caucasus
Political economy is a consistently under-researched aspect of unrecognized statehood. Countering homogenizing accounts centred on illegality, this article argues for a comparative analysis in orderExpand
Quality of democracy in unrecognized states: lessons from Northern Cyprus
Abstract Scholars have recently debated whether non-recognition is a blessing or a curse for democracy. Some suggest that lack of recognition forces political elites to democratize and acquireExpand
Authoritarian Diffusion, or the Geopolitics of Self-Interest? Evidence from Russia’s Patron–Client Relations with Eurasia’s De Facto States
Abstract It is claimed that authoritarian regimes actively export their political systems. An alternative explanation maintains that authoritarian states are primarily concerned with geopoliticalExpand
Russia’s Neighborhood Policy and Its Eurasian Client States: No Autocracy Export
Do authoritarian regimes engage in active export of their political systems? Or are they primarily concerned about their geopolitical interests? This article explores these questions by examiningExpand
Deciphering ‘Sons of the Soil’ Conflicts: A Critical Survey of the Literature
Abstract Migration has always been a long-standing feature of political life throughout the world. In some cases, however, the arrival of large numbers of migrants has produced violent clashesExpand
...
1
2
3
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 59 REFERENCES
Democracy, nationalism and (lack of) sovereignty: the complex dynamics of democratisation in unrecognised states†
. Unrecognised states are among the least likely candidates for democratisation: they tend to be driven by ethno-nationalism, many are marked by the legacy of war and most are facing internationalExpand
Democracy in Plural Societies: A Comparative Exploration
While it may be difficult to achieve and maintain stable democratic governments in countries with deep religious, ideological, linguistic, cultural, or ethnic cleavages, Lijphart argues that it isExpand
The ethnic democracy thesis and the citizenship question in Estonia and Latvia
Although a number of commentaries exist on the citizenship question in Estonia and Latvia, there is as yet no study that develops a conceptual framework which considers the particularity of theseExpand
Minority status in an ethnic democracy: The status of the Arab minority in Israel
Abstract It is commonly assumed that democracy in deeply divided societies takes either a majoritarian or consociational form. While the state in both types is ethnically neutral, there are someExpand
The Diverse Modes of Conflict-Regulation in Deeply Divided Societies
A review of some contemporary and historical deeply divided societies shows a great diversity of modes of conflict-regulation consisting of variations of partition, violence, domination andExpand
Living with Non-recognition: State- and Nation-building in South Caucasian Quasi-states
Abstract The dissolution of the Soviet Union led to the establishment of several non-recognised statelets, three of which—Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh—are located in the SouthExpand
Stability in Deeply Divided Societies: Consociationalism versus Control
This paper examines the consociational approach to the study of deeply divided societies and notes its weaknesses. It argues that the absence of a well-developed alternative “control” approach to theExpand
Inside Abkhazia: Survey of Attitudes in a De Facto State
Testing claims about a region often glibly described by outsiders, thus checking assumptions upon which policy recommendations are based, this article examines residents' attitudes in the de factoExpand
Russian Minority Politics in Post-Soviet Latvia and Kyrgyzstan: The Transformative Power of Informal Networks
A Note on Transliteration PART I Chapter 1. "What the Hell Kind of 'Non-Native' Am I"? Chapter 2. Informal Networks, Exit, and Voice Chapter 3. Soviet Socialist Legacies and Post-SovietExpand
Politics in plural societies : a theory of democratic instability
concepts developed and the politics of plural societies. We have no intention of resolving this problem in summary fashion. As a result, the next chapter is devoted in its entirety to an analysis ofExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...