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Christi Siver, Political Science


The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 gave birth to many new independent states. Many of these states have developed regimes with both democratic and authoritarian elements, but they are not transitional democracies or transitional authoritarian regimes. Many scholars look at how to classify these regimes, but not at how the elements of the regime lead to its stability. Why are post-Soviet regimes stable? Discovering what makes these regimes stable can help us establish behavioral norms and aid us in future political and economic endeavors with the country in question. Although evaluating each element of hybrid-regimes would be ideal due to the current lack of information on hybrid-regimes in general, I would look at three main elements to determine their link to stability: civil society, effective (internal) governance, and international power. This study would help future policy makers and scholars alike to form opinions about, make decisions about and plan interactions with hybrid-regimes with solid information at their disposal.