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The Crisis of Russian Democracy
The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession

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  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521145220

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  • The view that Russia has taken a decisive shift towards authoritarianism may be premature, but there is no doubt that its democracy is in crisis. In this original and dynamic analysis of the fundamental processes shaping contemporary Russian politics, Richard Sakwa applies a new model based on the concept of Russia as a dual state. Russia's constitutional state is challenged by an administrative regime that subverts the rule of law and genuine electoral competitiveness. This has created a situation of permanent stalemate: the country is unable to move towards genuine pluralist democracy but, equally, its shift towards full-scale authoritarianism is inhibited. Sakwa argues that the dual state could be transcended either by strengthening the democratic state or by the consolidation of the arbitrary power of the administrative system. The future of the country remains open.

    • Focuses on the component parts of the Russian political system and how they interact
    • Examines the record and legacy of Putin's presidency, and the nature of the succession of Medvedev
    • Outlines the future challenges facing the country
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    The Crisis of Russian Democracy is an important book, an elegant and impressively well informed interpretation of what really goes on in Russian politics. Its account of the Putin-Medvedev succession should be a fundamental reference for all future work on the Putin period.”
    Henry E. Hale, The George Washington University

    “Richard Sakwa has long been renowned for his forensic studies of Russian politics. This time he focuses on how what he calls ‘the dual state’ – the ‘permanent crisis’ created by the ongoing struggle between the formal constitutional order and the shadowy ‘administrative regime’ – survived the stress test of transition from Putin to Medvedev as president in 2007-08. A must for any serious student of modern Russia.”
    Andrew Wilson, The European Council on Foreign Relations

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521145220
    • length: 418 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The dual state in Russia
    2. Succession struggles and electoral contests
    3. Political power and factionalism
    4. A genuinely political economy
    5. Managed succession
    6. War of the Putin succession
    7. Duma selection
    8. Presidential succession
    9. Medvedev's challenge
    10. Conclusion: transcending the dual state.

  • Author

    Richard Sakwa, University of Kent, Canterbury
    Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent.

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