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Revolution Stalled: The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere

Sarah Oates


Can the internet fundamentally challenge a non-free state such as Russia? The role of social networking in political change in the Middle East and beyond raises important questions about the ability of authoritarian leaders to control the information sphere as well as their subjects. This book goes beyond the idea of “virtual” politics to study five key components in the relationship between the online sphere and society: content, community, catalysts, control, and co-optation. Including an analysis of the internet-linked protests in the winter of 2011–12, this book posits that there are criti ... More

Keywords: internet, russia, protest, audience, control, elections, public sphere

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199735952
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735952.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Oates, author
University of Glasgow