9780822327707

Developments in Russian Politics 5

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    9780822327707

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    0822327708

  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-08-01
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr

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Summary

Russia has a new parliament and a new president, and the shape of its future political life remains uncertain. Taking the elections of 1999 and 2000 as their starting point, the contributors to Developments in Russian Politics 5 describe the institutional framework of the post -- Yeltsin system and examine the policy choices that confront the Putin administration. This completely revised edition includes new discussions of such topics as media and political communication, crime and corruption, and Russia's continuing search for a 'national idea.' Other sections cover elections and electoral procedures, parties and organized interests, as well as economic, social, and foreign policy.

Written by leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic, Developments in Russian Politics 5 will replace earlier editions as the leading text for students of Russia and for a wider group of readers seeking a reliable and up-to-date introduction to the politics of the world's largest country.

Author Biography

Stephen White is Professor of Politics and a Senior Associate of the Institute of Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow Alex Pravda is Director of the Russian and East European Centre and Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Science and Preston Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
ix
Preface x
Notes on the Contributors xi
List of Abbreviations
xv
Glossary of Terms xvi
From Communism to Democracy?
1(20)
Stephen White
The Failure of Communist Reform
3(7)
Constructing Postcommunism
10(11)
Part One: The Framework of Government
The Presidency: From Yeltsin to Putin
21(21)
John P. Willerton Jr
Tradition of Strong Executives
23(1)
Yeltsin and the Forging of the Post-Soviet Presidency
24(3)
Institutional Arrangements
27(7)
Informal Prerogatives and Power Realities
34(4)
Putin and the Russian Federation's Second Decade
38(4)
Parliamentary Politics in Russia
42(20)
Thomas F. Remington
The RSFSR Transition-Era Parliament
44(1)
Boris Yeltsin and the Crisis of 1993
45(3)
The Federal Assembly
48(7)
The Legislative Process in the Federal Assembly
55(5)
The Federal Assembly in Perspective
60(2)
Elections and Voters
62(22)
Matthew Wyman
The Electoral Process
63(3)
Trends in Parliamentary Elections
66(4)
The 2000 Presidential Election
70(5)
Social Characteristics of Voters
75(5)
Regional Voting Trends
80(2)
Conclusions
82(2)
Parties and Organised Interests
84(24)
Richard Sakwa
The Emergence of Pluralism
84(9)
Civil Society Today
93(4)
Problems of Social Representation in Contemporary Russia
97(9)
Conclusion
106(2)
Russia and the Rule of Law
108(20)
Gordon B. Smith
Communist Legacy
108(3)
Drafting the Rules
111(1)
`If You Build It, They Will Come'
112(14)
Conclusion
126(2)
From Federalisation to Recentralisation
128(19)
James Hughes
Defining Federalism
128(3)
Limiting Conditions for Ethnic Separatism
131(4)
Presidentialism and Patrimonial Federalism
135(2)
Chechnya and the Failure of Refederalisation
137(2)
Putin's Federal Recentralisation
139(5)
Conclusion
144(3)
Politics in the Regions
147(24)
Darrell Slider
Institutional Development in the Regions
148(8)
The Fate of Reform in Russian Regions
156(10)
Putin and the Prospects for Reform
166(5)
Part Two: Patterns of Public Policy
Economic Policy under Yeltsin and Putin
171(19)
William Tompson
Gaidar's Inheritance
172(2)
The Liberalism of Weak States
174(5)
Structural Weakness and the August Collapse
179(3)
Policy Trade-offs and the Micro/Macro Conundrum
182(4)
The Role of the West: Financing Non-Reform
186(1)
An Agenda for Putin
187(3)
Health and Health Care Policy
190(25)
Judith Shapiro
Three Crises Maturing
191(6)
The Crisis of the Virtual Post-Soviet Health Care System
197(5)
Russian Health and Mortality
202(3)
The Soviet Legacy and the Russian Inheritance
205(5)
Maturing Crisis
210(3)
Social Policy: Plus Ca Change?
213(2)
Foreign Policy
215(24)
Alex Pravda
Russia and the `Near Abroad'
215(9)
Russia and the `Far Abroad'
224(15)
Part Three: Current Issues
Crime and Corruption
239(15)
Louise Shelley
Crime and Criminals
240(3)
Corruption
243(4)
Organised Crime
247(5)
Conclusion
252(2)
Politics and the Media
254(15)
Sarah Oates
Media in the Soviet Era
254(2)
The Growth of Television
256(1)
Glasnost and the Russian Media
257(3)
The Russian Media in an Emerging Nation
260(3)
Bias in the Russian Media
263(4)
Conclusions
267(2)
Values and the Construction of a National Identity
269(20)
Vera Tolz
Theoretical and Historical Background
270(2)
Defining the Boundaries of the Russian Nation
272(8)
Russian Identity between West and East
280(5)
Conclusion
285(4)
Part Four: Conclusion
Russian Democratisation in Comparative Perspective
289(14)
Zvi Gitelman
What is Democracy?
289(2)
Transition, Democratisation and Consolidation
291(1)
The Prospects for Democracy in Russia
292(5)
Democratisation in Russia in Comparative Perspective
297(6)
Guide to Further Reading 303(6)
Bibliography 309(18)
Index 327

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