Challenging Everyday Violence of the State: Developing Sustained Opposition Movements through Anti-corruption Protests
Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change
ISBN: 978-1-78756-896-9, eISBN: 978-1-78756-895-2
Publication date: 16 October 2018
This chapter deals with the question of how anti-corruption norms can emerge in authoritarian or semi-authoritarian regimes that actively suppress social dissent and protest. The chapter examines the capacity of Russian opposition movements to create a sustained anti-corruption discourse and to shape political governance. When it comes to addressing corruption through social action in the context of Russia, the situation does not often seem conducive to concerted opposition activity. Nevertheless, even though opposition movements repeatedly fail to impact political decision-making or elite practices, they are not exercises in futility. The chapter concludes that the anti-corruption discourse can be effectively utilized by the Russian opposition movements to unite its efforts and vocalize their demands in terms of democratic governance norms. Continually repressive governmental measures are creating dangerous public spaces, where massive and violent confrontations are increasingly likely to occur. As the opposition continues to find its voice, challenge elite corruption and vocalize its desires for democratic governance norms, the continuing demands for policies to be reflective of public interest (rather than interests of the powerful elites) will not abate. The anti-corruption discourse can play a powerful unifying role for the opposition given the endemic nature of corruption in today’s Russia.
Dr Orlova wants to thank Giuliana Deluca for her very helpful research assistance as well as two anonymous peer reviewers for providing excellent comments.
Orlova, A.V. (2018), "Challenging Everyday Violence of the State: Developing Sustained Opposition Movements through Anti-corruption Protests", Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Vol. 42), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 173-196. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0163-786X20180000042007
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