Russias Stillborn Democracy?: From Gorbachev to Yeltsin

Paperback | March 16, 2000

byGraeme Gill, Roger D. Markwick

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The decade and a half since Gorbachev came to power has been a tumultuous time for Russia. It has seen the expectations raised by perestroika dashed, the collapse of the Soviet superpower, and the emergence of a new Russian state claiming to base itself on democratic, market principles. It hasseen a political system shattered by a president turning tanks against the parliament, and then that president configuring the new political structure to give himself overwhelming power. These upheavals took place against a backdrop of social dislocations as the Russian people were ravaged by theeffects of economic shock therapy. This book explains how these momentous changes came about, and in particular why political elites were able to fashion the new political system largely independent of the wishes of the populace at large. It was this relationship between powerful elites and weak civil society forces which has led toRussian democracy under Yeltsin being still born.

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The decade and a half since Gorbachev came to power has been a tumultuous time for Russia. It has seen the expectations raised by perestroika dashed, the collapse of the Soviet superpower, and the emergence of a new Russian state claiming to base itself on democratic, market principles. It hasseen a political system shattered by a pres...

Graeme Gill is at University of Sydney. Roger D. Markwick is at University of Sydney.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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The Reformers' InheritanceThe Attempt at LiberalisationFrom Reform to TransformationThe Struggle for a Hegemonic PresidencyA Debilitated PresidentA Stunted Civil SocietyConclusion

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`the level of analysis is uniformly high, the detailed knowledge of events is impressive ... For those requiring a relatively short and accessible upper level survey of Soviet and Russian politics in the last two decades, this book would be ideal.'Richard Sakwa, Seer, 79:2, 2001