Civil society in the Caucasus: voluntary youth organisations

Aliyev, H. (2020) Civil society in the Caucasus: voluntary youth organisations. In: Yemelianova, G. M. and Broers, L. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of the Caucasus. Routledge: London, pp. 401-415. ISBN 9781138483187 (doi: 10.4324/9781351055628-26)

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This chapter critically examines youth organisations in the Caucasus region as one of the forms of voluntary civil society that has emerged in the region following the collapse of the USSR. The main argument proposed in this chapter is that present-day youth organisations in the Caucasus retain striking similarity to the communist period mass youth groups, in particular the Soviet Komsomol. Even for those post-Soviet youth organisations, which have sought to avoid replicating the communist era mass organisations, politicisation and lack of representativeness became an inescapable reality. State control over voluntary youth association is yet another characteristic of the majority of post-Soviet youth organisations across the Caucasus. All of the above resulted in the low membership in youth groups and the lack of interest towards this form of civil association amongst young people across the Caucasus.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Aliyev, Dr Huseyn
Authors: Aliyev, H.
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Contributor
First Published:First published in Routledge Handbook of the Caucasus: 401-415
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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