No more colour! Authoritarian regimes and colour revolutions in Eurasia

Evgeny Finkel*, Yitzhak M. Brudny

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Between 2000 and 2005, colour revolutions swept away authoritarian and semiauthoritarian regimes in Serbia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine. Yet, after these initial successes, attempts to replicate strategies failed to produce regime change elsewhere in the region. This introductory article argues that students of democratization and democracy promotion should study not only the successful colour revolutions, but also the colour revolution prevention strategies adopted by authoritarian elites. The article proposes a new typology of authoritarian reactions to the challenge of democratization and presents the main findings of the special issue, devoted to the analysis of authoritarian reactions to colour revolution in the post-communist region and in Iran.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • Authoritarianism
  • Colour revolutions
  • Democratization
  • Regime survival


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