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Democracy from Scratch 1St Edition Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0691037035
ISBN-10: 0691037035
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Editorial Reviews

From Scientific American

An original and provocative study.... Drawing on his scrupulous analysis of groupformation in a number of Russian cities, ... Fish re evaluates received views about the Soviet system. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From The New Yorker

A smart book that speaks to the concerns not only of area specialists but to students of democratic transition around the world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1St Edition edition (December 12, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691037035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691037035
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,870,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
M. Steven Fish hat Neuland beschritten, indem er erstmals die eigenartige Entwicklung russischer unabhängiger sozialer und politischer Gruppierungen in der Sowjetunion unter Gorbatschow in eine komparatistische Rahmentheorie eingebettet hat. Die Enstehung einer unabhängigen Zivil- und politischen Gesellschaft in Rußland ist zuvor schon zahlreich dokumentiert und beschrieben worden. Explizite und umfassende Erklärungsschemata für die zunächst stürmische Parteiengenese von ca. 1989 bis 1991, allerdings später immer deutlicher werdendere Fragilität dieser neuen politischen Landschaft sind bisher jedoch kaum vorgelegt worden. Zur Begründung der spektakulären organisatorischen Ineffektivität, programmatischen Abgehobenheit und ideologischen Haarspalterei der vielen neuen russischen Parteien der frühen 1990er sind bislang wenig mehr als fragwürdige Spekulationen über den unmündigen Nationalcharakter der Russen oder über die Auslöschung ihrer politischen Kultur durch das bis zuletzt "totalitäre" Regime hervorgebracht worden. Fish liefert hier ein wesentlich differenzierteres Bild und schildert mit viel Empathie und theoretischer Finesse, warum die erste Welle der Parteineugründungen von 1988 bis 1991 zum Scheitern verurteilt war.

Zwei wohldurchdachte Argumente stechen aus Fishs Begründung heraus.
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Format: Paperback
Wrong on so many counts! Written with obvious hate for Russia and little knowledge of the country!
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Format: Hardcover
"Democracy from Scratch" explains, in theory and anecdote,
why Russian politics were so confused around 1993. It is a
special historical document -- and was quite an influence on
me personally (in the form of a semester's worth of lectures)
because Steven Fish was my senior thesis advisor.
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