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Democracy in a Russian Mirror

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy

Andranik Migranyan, Stephen Holmes, Mikhail Ilyin, Valery Solovei, John Dunn, Pasquale Pasquino, Boris Makarenko, José María Maravall, Ian Shapiro, Alexei D. Voskressenski, Adam Przeworski, John Ferejohn, Andrei Melville
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  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107053397

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  • What can we learn about democracy from the experience of post-Soviet Russia? What can we learn about the prospects for democracy in Russia from the experience of “really existing democracies?” Must some “pre-requisites,” cultural or material, be fulfilled for democracy to become possible? This book examines the current state and the prospects for democracy in Russia, posing several challenges to our understanding of democracy. Thirteen contributors expand the debate over these questions, offering a variety of insights, interpretations, and conclusions vital to understanding the conditions of emergence and survival of successful democracies.

    • Thirteen contributors offer a variety of insights and interpretations on democracy in Russia
    • A collaborative product of discussions among prominent scholars from several countries, including six from Russia
    • Conclusions reached by contributors sharply differ, making the volume an excellent point of departure for classroom discussions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Reading Democracy in a Russian Mirror is like listening in on a salon with a dozen or so distinguished thinkers from Russia and the West as they explore the implications of Russia’s post-communist evolution for democratic theory. Although a common thread runs through the conversation - whether democracy presupposes a competent state - the contributors sometimes branch off to address related questions: How democratic in fact are Western democracies? Are Western concepts of democracy universal? Has Putin in fact strengthened Russian statehood? The volume is testimony to the difficulty, and necessity, of finding a common language to discuss the meaning of democracy."
    Thomas F. Remington, Emory University, Atlanta

    "In a series of linked essays, Democracy in a Russian Mirror reflects on Russia’s lessons for democracy and powerfully demonstrates the value of democratic theory in explaining contemporary Russian politics. This engaging and distinctive work will surely garner a wide audience among scholars of comparative politics and of democratic transitions, as well as among political theorists studying democratic institutions."
    Melissa Schwartzberg, New York University

    "This edited volume examines contemporary Russia in light of democratic theory and democratic theory in light of the Russian experience. It brings together a top-notch group of scholars of democracy and a well-known group of experts on Russian politics from Russia. Their contributions are helpful in understanding how democracy and its individual elements work and illuminate the limits and contradictions of modern democratic countries."
    Timothy Frye, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, Columbia University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107053397
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Russia:
    1. Peculiarities of Russian politics Andranik Migranyan
    2. Imitating democracy, imitating authoritarianism Stephen Holmes
    3. Russian perspectives on democracy, political emancipation, and integrity Mikhail Ilyin
    4. Color revolutions and Russia Valery Solovei
    Part II. Democracy in a Russian Mirror:
    5. Judging democracy as form of government for given territories: utopia or apologetics? John Dunn
    6. Democracy: ancient and modern, good and bad Pasquale Pasquino
    7. The role of elections in democracy Boris Makarenko
    8. Elections and the challenge of more democracy José María Maravall
    9. Democracy between elections Ian Shapiro
    10. General settings, regional/national factors and the concept of non-western democracy Alexei D. Voskressenski
    11. 'Non-western democracy' in the West Adam Przeworski
    Part III. Paths of Political Change:
    12. Instituting political change John Ferejohn
    13. Political institution and political order(s) Adam Przeworski
    14. How do transitions to democracy get stuck and where? Boris Makarenko and Andrei Melville
    Afterword: open issues and disagreements.

  • Editor

    Adam Przeworski, New York University
    Adam Przeworski is the Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Politics at New York University. He previously taught at the University of Chicago, where he was the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor. Przeworski is the recipient of the 1985 Socialist Review Book Award, the 1998 Gregory M. Luebbert Article Award, the 2001 Woodrow Wilson Prize, the 2010 Lawrence Longley Award, and the 2010 Johan Skytte Prize. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1991.


    Andranik Migranyan, Stephen Holmes, Mikhail Ilyin, Valery Solovei, John Dunn, Pasquale Pasquino, Boris Makarenko, José María Maravall, Ian Shapiro, Alexei D. Voskressenski, Adam Przeworski, John Ferejohn, Andrei Melville

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