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By Alex Niven

For David Cameron and ‘Big Society’ Tories, people tradition capability natural nutrition, nu-folk pop song, and pastoral myths of Englishness. in the meantime, postmodern liberal tradition teaches us that speaking a couple of singular ‘folk’ is reductive at top, neo-fascist at worst. yet what's being held in fee by way of this consensus opposed to the potential for a unified, oppositional, populist id taking root in glossy Britain? people competition explores a renewed modern divide among rulers and governed, among a strong elite and a disempowered population. utilizing a chain of examples, from people track to soccer supporters’ trusts, from Raoul Moat to Ridley Scott, it argues that anti-establishment populism is still a strong strength in British tradition, announcing that the left needs to recapture this cultural territory from the a ways correct and start to rebuild democratic illustration from the ground up.

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Introduction 11 passivity has stymied any attempt at colour revolution in Tajikistan (Robert Kevlihan and Amri Sherzamonov), Kazakhstan (Rico Isaacs) and Turkmenistan (Donnacha Ó Beacháin). Donnacha Ó Beacháin Abel Polese References Barrington Moore Jr, (1980) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. London: Beacon Press Bauman, Z. ’, International Political Science Review, 15(1):15–24. Bunce, V. and Wolchik, S. (2006) ‘Favorable Conditions and Electoral Revolutions’, Journal of Democracy, 17(4): 5–18.

Section IV investigates the role played by civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and section V looks at the population’s attitude to the revolution by drawing on the fascinating public opinion data that has been recently collected and analyzed by White and McAllister (2009). 32 N. Copsey The Elite In common with many other post-Soviet republics, during the course of the 1990s, Ukrainian politics came to be dominated by a small elite, a circle of billionaire businessmen gathered around the president of Ukraine, popularly termed oligarchs.

2 Georgia Francoise J. Companjen With the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the abolition of both the Warsaw Pact and the Comecon, the Republic of Georgia was one of the 15 former Union republics to begin a transition towards a state based on market economy and democracy, in 1991. The course of events varied between the Newly Independent States and was far from even-paced within Georgia itself. Some of these transitions away from communism ended up in revolutions, some did not. In keeping with the main topic of this book, the analysis of revolutions, the present chapter will focus on the Georgian Revolution of Roses (often known in English translation as the ‘Rose Revolution’) as seen through five factors – the character of the regime, the opposition, external forces, civil society and the people.

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