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Russian Politics

Russian Politics
Challenges of Democratization

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Robert G. Moser, Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, Yoshiko M. Herrera, Zoltan Barany, M. Steven Fish
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  • Date Published: August 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521805124

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  • What went wrong in Russia? A group of leading young scholars answer this question through a theoretically informed, in-depth analysis of the Yeltsin era. They challenge explanations that stress the constraints of history and concentrate instead on the importance of elite decisions and political institutions. The authors agree that elite inattention to institution building has been a central problem of Russia's postcommunist transition. The weakness of the state and its institutions has contributed to a number of serious problems threatening democratic consolidation.

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    • The book offers a theoretically informed analysis of Russian politics that is accessible to all levels of undergradute students
    • The book will appeal to specialists and students
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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 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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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521805124
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: challenges of Russian democratization Robert G. Moser
    1. Russian electoral trends Michael McFaul
    2. Executive-legislative relations in Russia, 1991–9 Robert G. Moser
    3. The Russian Central State in crisis: center and periphery in the post-Soviet era Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
    4. Russian economic reform, 1991–9 Yoshiko M. Herrera
    5. Politics and the Russian Armed Forces Zoltan Barany
    6. Conclusion: democracy and Russian politics M. Steven Fish

  • Editors

    Zoltan Barany, University of Texas, Austin

    Robert G. Moser, University of Texas, Austin


    Robert G. Moser, Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, Yoshiko M. Herrera, Zoltan Barany, M. Steven Fish

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