Contemporary Russian Politics: A Reader

Paperback | March 15, 2001

EditorArchie Brown

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The only Reader on post-Soviet Russian politics, this important book brings together the best published work from a wide variety of sources. Unusually for a Reader, it also includes many up-to-date, specially commissioned contributions. Some forty of the world's leading specialists on Russianpolitics, a third of them Russians, cover institutional design, elections, parties, federalism, regional politics, presidency and legislature, economic reform and economic interests, foreign policy, public opinion, the mass media, and prospects for democracy.Substantial editorial introductions to every section provide the student with essential background information, detailing the historical development, contemporary relevance, and current debates for each topic area and each individual chapter. The chapters themselves have been carefully selected andedited to be as useful and relevant as possible to all students of contemporary Russian politics,With analysis of major recent developments, including the Duma election of 1999, the Presidential election of 2000, and the institutional changes launched by President Putin, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to political institutions and processes in Putin's Russia.

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The only Reader on post-Soviet Russian politics, this important book brings together the best published work from a wide variety of sources. Unusually for a Reader, it also includes many up-to-date, specially commissioned contributions. Some forty of the world's leading specialists on Russianpolitics, a third of them Russians, cover i...

Archie Brown is Professor of Politics at Oxford University and Director of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford, where he has been a Fellow since 1971. His book, The Gorbachev Factor, won the W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize of the Political Studies Association of the UK for best political science book of its y...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.22 inPublished:March 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Archie Brown: Introduction to Contemporary Russian PoliticsInstitutional DesignArchie Brown: Introduction1. Igor Klyamkin and Lilia Shevtsova: The Tactical Origins of Russia's New Political Institutions2. Peter Ordeshook: Re-examining Russia: Institutions and Incentives3. Eugene Huskey: Democracy and Institutional Design in RussiaThe Presidency and Political LeadershipArchie Brown: Introduction4. John B. Dunlop: Sifting Through the Rubble of the Yeltsin Years5. George Breslauer: Boris Yeltsin as Patriarch6. Eugene Huskey: Overcoming the Yeltsin Legacy: Vladimir Putin and Russian Political ReformThe Legislature and the LawArchie Brown: Introduction7. Paul Chaisty: Legislative Politics in Russia8. Eugene Huskey: Legislative-Executive Relations in the Yeltsin Era9. Kathryn Hendley: Rewriting the Rules of the Game in Russia: The Neglected Issue of the Demand for Law10. Peter Rutland and Natasha Kogan: The Russian Mafia: Between Hype and RealityElections and the Electoral SystemArchie Brown: Introduction11. Yitzhak Brudny: Continuity and Change in Russian Electoral Patterns? The December 1999 - March 2000 Electoral Cycle12. Vladimir Gelman: The Iceberg of Russian Political Finance13. Robert G. Moser: The Impact of Parliamentary Electoral Systems in RussiaProblems of Party Formation and ConsolidationArchie Brown: Introduction14. Richard Rose: How Floating Parties Frustrate Democratic Accountability: A Supply-Side View of Russia's Elections15. Darrell Slider: Russia's Governors and Party Formation16. Stephen Whitefield: Partisan and Party Divisions in Post-Communist RussiaEconomic Reform: Politics, Interests, and Social ConsequencesArchie Brown: Introduction17. Richard Ericson: Is Russia in Transition to a Market Economy?18. Sergei Peregudov: The Oligarchical Model19. Nodari Simonia: Economic Interests and Political Power in Post-Soviet RussiaPublic Opinion, Political Beliefs, and the Mass MediaArchie Brown: Introduction20. Richard Rose: Living in an Antimodern Society21. Oksana Gaman-Golutvina: Modernization and the Value System of the Russian Elite22. Yury Levada: Homo Praevaricatus: Russian Doublethink23. Laura Belin: Political Bias and Self-Censorship in the Russian MediaRussian Statehood and the National QuestionArchie Brown: Introduction24. Gail Lapidus: State Building and State Breakdown in Russia25. Vera Tolz: Politicians' Conceptions of the Russian Nation26. Ronald Grigor Suny: Russia's Identity CrisisFederalism, Regionalism, and Local GovernmentArchie Brown: Introduction27. Jeff Kahn: What is the New Russian Federalism?28. Alla Chirikova and Natalya Lapina: Political Power and Political Stability in the Russian Regions29. Tomila Lankina: Local Government and Ethnic and Social Activism in RussiaRussia and the WorldArchie Brown: Introduction30. Margot Light: Post-Soviet Russian Foreign Policy: The First Decade31. Vladimir Baranovsky: Russia: A Part of Europe or Apart from Europe?32. Roy Allison: Russia and the New States of EurasiaThe Russian Transition in Comparative PerspectiveArchie Brown: Introduction33. Philippe C. Schmitter with Terry Lynn Karl: The Conceptual Travels of Transitologists ans Consolidologists: How Far to the East Should They Attempt to Go?34. Valerie Bunce: Should Transitologists be Grounded?35. Terry Lynn Karl and Philippe C. Schmitter: From an Iron Curtain to a Paper Curtain: Grounding Transitologists or Students of Postcommunism?36. Valerie Bunce: Paper Curtains and Paper Tigers37. Vladimir Gelman: Regime Transition, Uncertainty and Prospects for Democratisation: The Politics of Russia's Regions in Comparative PerspectiveIs Russia becoming a Democracy?Archie Brown: Introduction38. William Smirnov: Russian Democratization: Achievements and Problems39. Alexander Lukin: Electoral Democracy or Electoral Clanism? Russian Democratization and Theories of Transition40. Archie Brown: Evaluating Russia's DemocratizationIndex

Editorial Reviews

'In itself Brown's volume is clearly one of the most comprehensive and high-quality volumes available for the classroom today.' Mark A. Cichock, Political Studies, Vol 50 No. 4