Post-Soviet Political Transformation in Azerbaijan: Political Elite, Civil Society and The Trials of Democratization

Ergun Özbolat A.

ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, vol.7, no.26, pp.67-85, 2010 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 26
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.67-85
  • Keywords: Azerbaijan, Political Transformation, Democratization, Political Elite, Civil Society
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


'The aim of this article is to analyze the process of post-Soviet transformation in Azerbaijan while focusing on the process of democratization, peculiarities of the leadership and political elite, success and failure in electoral politics, and development of civil society. I argue that the politics of the post-independence period was shaped by the conflicting co-existence of patterns of continuity and change which determined the path of political transformation in Azerbaijan.