Russian Politics: Challenges of Democratization (Paperback)
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Russian Politics: Challenges of Democratization (Paperback)

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Paperback 276 Pages / Published: 27/08/2001
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What went wrong in Russia's decade-old post-communist transition? A group of leading young scholars answer this question by offering assessments of five crucial political arenas during the Yeltsin era: elections, executive-legislative relations, interactions between the central state and the regions, economic reforms, and civil-military relations. All of the contributors recognize that adverse historical legacies have complicated Russian democratization. They challenge structural explanations that emphasize constraints of the pre-existing system, however, and concentrate instead on the importance of elite decisions and institution-building. The authors agree that elites' failure to develop robust political institutions has been a central problem of Russia's post-communist transition. The weakness of the state and its institutions has contributed to a number of serious problems threatening democratic consolidation. These include the tensions between the executive and the legislature, the frail infrastructure for successful market reform, and the absence of proper civilian control over the armed forces.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521805124
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


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'Michael McFaul's chapter on Russian elections is one of the best and most useful for students of Russia ... The well-written conclusion is among many other merits of the book. It skilfully assesses whether overall Russia has been successful in building a true democracy.' Choice
"Michael McFaul's chapter on Russian elections is one of the best and most useful for students of Russia...The well-written conclusion is among many other merits of the book...It skillfully assesses whether overall Russia has been successful in building a true democracy." Choice
"In this accessibly written volume, Zoltan Barany and Robert Moser have brought together a group of exceptional scholars...The volume's chapters compliment each other nicely." Political Science Quarterly
"The book is pitched at the level of an advanced undergraduate reader, and it does a good job of introducing students to the best current research on the Russian political transition. (I am assigning the book to my students this semester.)" Perspectives on Politics
"This collection of essays by leading younger scholars offers a descriptively rich and analytically sophisticated survey of contemporary Russian politics." Slavic Review

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