Eurasian Integration of Belarus as Path-Dependence

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Abstract

There is a tendency to explain all the problems and choices made by the Republic of Belarus as a result of the policy of its leadership. This text offers a take on choices made by Belarus in favor of preserving and strengthening relations with Russia through the prism of the concept of path-dependence. Simply said, economic, social, and political circumstances determine the vector of development of the country since the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as they frame and transform president Lukashenka's intentions. Thus, country's participation in the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union is a predictable step in a chain of interconnected choices that the Belarusian political elite have been making since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Special attention in the text is paid to what the analysis of the Belarusian case can tell about the nature and prospects of integration in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRegional Integration and Future Cooperation Initiatives in the Eurasian Economic Union
EditorsMaria Lagutina
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherIGI Global
Chapter10
Pages174-192
ISBN (Electronic)9781799819523
ISBN (Print)9781799819509
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

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