Abstract

Abstract:

Human rights violations and the persecution of NGOs have made civil society a topic of public discourse. These mainstream debates, however, take a conventional view of civil society, seeing it as an essential democratic institution. Informal modes of civic participation that contribute to local-level stability, meanwhile, remain outside public and academic discussions. Drawing on empirical data, this article provides a comprehensive analysis of the role of local civil society in stabilizing intra-societal relations between the state, local government, and communities in the north-western republics of the Russian Caucasus: Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-4603
Print ISSN
1074-6846
Pages
pp. 269-303
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-06
Open Access
No
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