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Economic Autonomy and Democracy
Hybrid Regimes in Russia and Kyrgyzstan

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  • Date Published: September 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107407121

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  • How do individuals decide to exercise their democratic rights? This book argues that they first assess their economic autonomy, meaning their ability to make a living independent of government authorities. Before individuals consider whether their resources and organizational abilities are adequate to act on their interests, they calculate the risk of political activism to their livelihood. This is particularly evident in regions of the world where states monopolize the economy and thus can readily harass activists at their workplaces. Economic autonomy links capitalism and democracy through individuals' calculations about activism. Accounts of activists' decisions about establishing independent media, leading political organizations, and running for office and descriptions of government harassment in Russia and Kyrgyzstan, along with examples from most regions of the world, illustrate these arguments. Economic autonomy and the interaction among democratic rights help explain the global proliferation of hybrid regimes, governments that display both democratic and authoritarian characteristics.

    • Provides a rich, comprehensive account of the practice of democracy in the former Soviet Union
    • Focuses on individuals and thus reveals a prior link between capitalism and democracy and market and democratic reforms
    • Examines politics in Russia and Kyrgyzstan - countries in two different regions of the former Soviet Union
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    "Kelly McMann's comparative study of the political economy of transition in Russia and Kyrgyzstan reminds us of two key points that are usually overlooked in analyses of democratic transitions. One is that, in the final and perhaps first analysis, "the transition" is a local process, and one that is, as a result, extraordinarily variable within states. The other is that authentic democracy requires the liberation of politics from economics in the particular sense that citizens should be able to participate in politics without fear of economic retribution." Valerie Bunce, Cornell University

    "Kelly McMann is a star in the new generation of specialists who are reshaping our understanding of Eurasian politics. McMann's formidable expertise in both the Slavic and Central Asian parts of the former Soviet Union, as well as her impressive grasp of big issues such as the relationship between economic reform and civic participation, help make "Economic Autonomy and Democracy" an important contribution to the literatures on comparative political economy and post-Soviet politics. The book's focus on the relationship between the citizen and the state is especially welcome, and yields a wealth of insights that will advance our understanding of how economic relationships affect political life." M. Steven Fish, University of California, Berkeley

    "Kelly M. McCann's work is a welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on democracy and democratization with the discussion of a new form of government, namely the hybrid regime." - Elizabeth Fromgen, Hastings College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107407121
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Capitalism, democracy, and economic autonomy
    2. The concept of economic autonomy
    3. Measurement of democracy
    4. Activism under the state's thumb
    5. Illustrations of economic autonomy
    6. Hybrid regimes.

  • Author

    Kelly M. McMann, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

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