Political Thinking, Political Theory and Civil Society

ISBN-10: 0321085590
ISBN-13: 9780321085597
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
Authors: Steven M. DeLue
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Description: A comprehensive and thoughtful overview of the Western tradition of political thought, this book approaches the subject in a way that helps students develop their own political thinking and critical thinking skills. Rather than just dryly  More...

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List price: $94.60
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/14/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

A comprehensive and thoughtful overview of the Western tradition of political thought, this book approaches the subject in a way that helps students develop their own political thinking and critical thinking skills. Rather than just dryly discussing one thinker after another, DeLue uniquely organizes his text around a compelling theme that will not only intrigue students, but will help them see why studying political thinking is important. Throughout the book, students are asked to consider: What is the nature of a civil society and why is it important? The major writers discussed in the text are read not only with an interest in understanding their views, but also an interest in understanding their relationship to the idea of a civil society. DeLue contends that a civil society is important for securing the way of life that most of us value and want to preserve, a way of life that allows people to place significance on their own lives.

Preface
Rebuilding Russia
Four Domains of Change
State Structure: From Soviet Union to Russian Federation
Toward Democratic Government
Economic Transformation
The Question of Identity: Imperial Russia--USSR--Russian Federation
Choices and Changes in Russian Politics
Plan of the Book
The Soviet System and Its Demise
The Soviet Regime Before Gorbachev
Political Institutions of the Transition Period: Demise of the USSR
Russia and the Post-Soviet Constitutional Order
Institutions of the Transition Period: Russia
1990-1993: Deepening Constitutional Conflict
The 1993 Constitution and the Presidency
The Government
The Parliament
The Constitutional Court
Executive-Legislative Relations
The Federal Dimension
Political Participation and Recruitment
Political Participation and Social Capital
The Importance of Social Capital
The Problem of "Dual Russia"
Participation and Recruitment Under the Soviet Regime
Channels of Mass Participation
Participation and Recruitment in the Old Regime: Interlocking Directorates
Participation and Recruitment in the Old Regime: Conclusions
Surge and Ebb in Political Participation
The Mobilization of Discontent
Electoral Participation
Elite Adaptation and Replacement
Political Recruitment, Old and New
The Dynamics of Political Culture
The Concept of Political Culture
Russian Political Culture in the Post-Soviet Period
Soviet Political Socialization
Support for Democratic Values
Influences on Russian Political Culture in the Soviet Period
Cultural Diversity Within Russia
Interest Groups and Political Parties
Interest Articulation: From Statism to Pluralism
Socialism and the Doctrine of "Nonantagonistic Interests"
Democrats, "Reds," and "Browns"
Toward Pluralism
New Sectors of Interest
Interest Aggregation: Toward a Multiparty System
Party Ideologies
Party Strategies and the Social Bases of Party Support
Party Fragmentation or Consolidation?
The Politics of Economic Reform
The Dual Transition
Stabilization
Privatization
Economic Reform and Public Institutions
Economy and Society
Toward the Primacy of Law
The Law-Governed State
Judicial Reform
The Procuracy
The Judiciary
The Constitutional Court
The Advocates
Statutory Reforms
Obstacles to the Primacy of Law
The Continuing Power of the State Security Agencies
Sublegal Administrative Acts
Executive Discretion
Crime and Corruption
Government Corruption
Lax Budgetary Practices
Whither Russia?
Interpreting Russian History
Democratic Transition
Postcommunist Regimes and Global Challenges
National Identity and Political Choice
Does Democracy Matter?
Defining Democracy
The Role of Expectations
Index

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