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Political Bargaining in the Union State of Russia and Belarus
Political Bargaining in the Union State of Russia and Belarus

Author(s): Alexander Martynau
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, Filozofická fakulta
Keywords: Union State of Russia and Belarus; fossil fuels; economic disputes; Alexander Lukashenka; Vladimir Putin

Summary/Abstract: Th e article analyzes a series of economic and political disputes between Russia and Belarus in the recent decade. Th e author lays out a three-tier framework of political bargaining, comprising structural, situational and personal factors, adjusted for the realities of the post-Soviet political regimes. Based on the review of the fi ve so-called ‘wars’ between the two countries, the author concludes that the Belarusian leadership has learned to balance out its structural economic disadvantages vis-à-vis Russia by manipulating favorable situational factors and resorting to aggressive personal decision making.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 69-88
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English