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Democracy or autocracy on the march? The colored revolution as normal dynamics of patronal presidentialism

Author: Henry E. Hale

In: Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol 39, No 3 (Special Issue ‘Democratic Revolutions in Post-Communist States’, ed. Taras Kuzio), 2006, pp. 305-329

Argues that the ‘color revolutions’ 2003-2005 were fundamentally succession struggles in ‘patronal presidental’ regimes, rather than demoncratic breakthroughs, and therefore can result in retreat from democratic principles, as in Georgia.