Politics in Russia

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-02-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Politics in Russiais highly regarded for its comprehensive coverage, up-to-date scholarship, and comparative framework.#xA0; This book is an authoritative overview of Russia#x19;s contemporary political system and its recent evolution.#xA0; Area specialist Thomas Remington focuses on four areas of change in this book#x13;state structure, regime change, economic transformation, and identity#x13;to offer a dynamic context for analyzing the post-Soviet era.

Author Biography

Thomas F. Remington is Professor of Political Science at Emory University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
State and Regime in Russiap. 1
The Dual Executivep. 1
Current Policy Challengesp. 7
The Putin Factorp. 9
Four Domains of Changep. 16
State Structure: From Soviet Union to Russian Federationp. 16
Regime Changep. 18
Economic Transformationp. 22
The Question of Identity: Imperial Russia-USSR-Russian Federationp. 23
Choices and Changes in Russian Politicsp. 25
Plan of the Bookp. 26
The Soviet System and Its Demisep. 31
Historical Legaciesp. 32
The Tsarist Regimep. 32
The Soviet Regime Before Gorbachevp. 34
Gorbachev Comes to Powerp. 47
Political Institutions of the Transition Period: Demise of the USSRp. 49
Russia's Constitutional Orderp. 56
The Russian Republic in the Transition Periodp. 56
1990-1993: Deepening Constitutional Conflictp. 57
The 1993 Constitution and the Presidencyp. 60
The Governmentp. 66
The Parliamentp. 67
Executive-Legislative Relationsp. 71
The Federal Dimensionp. 73
Political Participation and Recruitmentp. 87
Political Participation and Social Capitalp. 87
The Importance of Social Capitalp. 88
The Problem of ˘Dual Russia÷p. 90
Participation and Recruitment under the Soviet Regimep. 92
Channels of Mass Participationp. 92
Participation and Recruitment in the Old Regime: Interlocking Directoratesp. 96
Participation and Recruitment in the Old Regime: Conclusionsp. 97
Surge and Ebb in Political Participationp. 98
The Mobilization of Discontentp. 98
Electoral Participationp. 100
Elite Adaptation and Replacementp. 106
Political Recruitment, Old and Newp. 106
Political Culture and Public Opinionp. 117
The Concept of Political Culturep. 121
Russian Political Culture in the Post-Soviet Periodp. 124
Soviet Political Socializationp. 127
Support for Democratic Valuesp. 132
Influences on Russian Political Culture in the Soviet Periodp. 134
Generational Changep. 135
Political Socialization in Contemporary Russiap. 136
Cultural Diversity Within Russiap. 140
Interest Groups and Political Partiesp. 150
Interest Articulation: Statism vs. Pluralismp. 150
Socialism and Bureaucratic Politicsp. 151
Democrats, ˘Reds,÷ and ˘Browns÷p. 153
Toward Pluralismp. 154
New Sectors of Interestp. 167
Interest Aggregation and the Party System: Return to a One-Party Regime?p. 171
Party Familiesp. 173
Parties and Electionsp. 179
Party Strategies and the Social Bases of Party Supportp. 182
The Future of the Party Systemp. 183
Between State and Marketp. 191
The Dual Transitionp. 191
Stabilizationp. 194
Evaluating Stabilizationp. 196
Privatizationp. 198
Boom and Bust Cyclesp. 208
Social Conditionsp. 211
Politics and the Lawp. 219
Democratization and the Rule of Lawp. 219
Judicial Reformp. 223
Law Enforcementp. 223
The Judiciaryp. 228
The Constitutional Courtp. 232
Reforms in the Law Codesp. 235
Growing Salience of International Lawp. 236
Obstacles to the Rule of Lawp. 237
Bureaucratic Rule Makingp. 238
Terrorism and National Securityp. 240
Organized Crime and Corruptionp. 241
Conclusionp. 244
Russia and the International Communityp. 251
Energy as an Instrument of Powerp. 253
The CIS and Its Progenyp. 256
The Russia-Belarus Unionp. 258
The Eurasian Economic Communityp. 259
The Collective Security Treaty Organizationp. 259
The Shanghai Cooperation Organizationp. 260
Obstacles to Regional Hegemonyp. 260
Russia and the International Communityp. 267
Indexp. 271
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