University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

New Social Media: Modernisation and Democratisation in Russia

David, M (2014) New Social Media: Modernisation and Democratisation in Russia Perspectives on European Politics and Society: journal of intra-european dialogue.

Full text not available from this repository.


The EU–Russia Partnership for Modernisation (P4M) seemingly indicated a shift in the relationship from a basis in a democratising discourse to a modernising one. This article argues that despite Russia's view of modernisation as being about economic growth and innovation, for the EU democratisation remained an important priority. Which vision, however, has been vindicated? To answer this question, the focus is on the use of computer-mediated communication, occasioned by the questions asked since mass public demonstrations began in Russia in late 2011 about whether those protests were evidence of Russia undergoing its own ‘spring’ in the way seen in many parts of the Arab world in 2010. These comparisons were drawn primarily because of the perceived role of new technologies in helping ordinary Russians to mobilise and publicise protest. Looking at modernisation through the prism of social media is revealing of the extent to which Russians use modern technology and of the extent to which Russia is democratising. The article concludes that there is evidence of modernising and democratising effects but that an increasingly repressive government approach looks like creating effective obstacles to the EU and Russian visions of modernisation alike.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Date : 15 October 2014
DOI : 10.1080/15705854.2014.965892
Uncontrolled Keywords : Russia, Modernisation, Democratisation, New Technologies, Computer-Mediated Communication, Social media
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:31
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 14:54

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800