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Russian Politics: Challenges of Democratization Paperback – August 27, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0521805124 ISBN-10: 0521805120 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521805120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521805124
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Michael McFaul's chapter on Russian elections is one of the best and most useful for students of Russia...The well-written conclusion is among many other merits of the book...It skillfully assesses whether overall Russia has been successful in building a true democracy." Choice

"In this accessibly written volume, Zoltan Barany and Robert Moser have brought together a group of exceptional scholars...The volume's chapters compliment each other nicely." Political Science Quarterly

"The book is pitched at the level of an advanced undergraduate reader, and it does a good job of introducing students to the best current research on the Russian political transition. (I am assigning the book to my students this semester.)" Perspectives on Politics

"This collection of essays by leading younger scholars offers a descriptively rich and analytically sophisticated survey of contemporary Russian politics." Slavic Review

Book Description

What went wrong in Russia? A group of leading young scholars answer this question through a theoretically informed, in-depth analysis of the Yeltsin era. They challenge explanations that stress the constraints of history and concentrate instead on the importance of elite decisions and political institutions. The authors agree that elite inattention to to institution-building has been a central problem of Russia's post-communist transition. The weakness of the state and its institutions has contributed to a number of serious problems threatening democratic consolidation.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By john kyvelidis on September 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
The editors and contributors to the book are the leading scholars in their respective fields. If I could give six stars to it instead of five, I would. To the question "What went wrong in Russia" the contributors critically evaluate a number of most frequently mentioned explanations, such as state crisis, Russia's troubled asymmetrical federalism, economic reforms, elections.
The book as of today presents the best update on the subject. I personally used it as one of the primary sources for my A exam.
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