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    The youth movement Nashi: contentious politics, civil society, and party politics

    Atwal, M. and Bacon, Edwin (2012) The youth movement Nashi: contentious politics, civil society, and party politics. East European Politics 28 (3), pp. 256-266. ISSN 2159-9165.

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    The youth movement Nashi was established in Russia with the support of the Putin regime in 2005. The success of anti-regime demonstrators in Ukraine's ‘Orange Revolution’ in 2004 had been noted in Moscow, and Nashi's role was to serve as a pro-regime force to be mobilised against the opposition. Its focus was the contentious politics of the street. Nashi represents an interesting theoretical case from the perspective of contentious politics and its relationship with civil society and formal party politics. Nashi's role has developed to include facilitating young people's engagement with party politics and business. Its early centralised control has been ameliorated somewhat by a reorganisation focused on local action. Nonetheless, Nashi exists with state support. Its continued role in contentious politics in support of the Putin regime, for example, countering opposition demonstrations in Moscow in December 2011, makes its identification as a component of democratic civil society problematic.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in East European Politics, available online:
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Russia, civil society, contentious politics, parties, youth movements, Nashi
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 15:49
    Last Modified: 16 Jun 2021 09:39


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