Russian Politics and Society

ISBN-10: 0415415284

ISBN-13: 9780415415286

Edition: 4th 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Richard Sakwa

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Having been fully revised and updated to reflect the considerable changes in Russia, the fourth edition of this classic introduction to Russian politics and society builds on the strengths of the previous editions to provide a comprehensive and sophisticated analysis. New to this edition: updating of all statistical data including the 2002 census, regional and national election results and the composition of parliament more analysis of the executive and the legislative discussion of the development of civil society and the problems of democratic consolidation fuller examination of the policy-making process and policy problems details on economic performance under Putin, including more discussion of the energy sector and pipeline politics latest developments in the Chechnya conflict more on foreign policy issues such as Russias relationship with NATO and the EU after enlargement, Russias relations with other post-Soviet states andthe problem of competing near abroads for Russia and the West. Russian Politics and Society will be essential reading for students of Russian and Soviet politics, sociology, Eastern European politics, and politics and international relations in general.
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Book details

List price: $56.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

List of figures
List of tables
Preface to the fourth edition
Acknowledgements
Note on style, spelling and transliteration
Glossary of acronyms, acrostics and terms
The fall of communism and the rebirth of Russia
Soviet communism and its dissolution
The Soviet system
Perestroika
The emergence of Russia
Popular insurgency and regime decay
The disintegration of the USSR
The August coup
The disintegration of the USSR
Problems of state-building
Phoney democracy, 1991-3
Phoney democracy: the road to October 1993
Genesis of a tragedy
The troubled path to the constitution
Political institutions and processes
Constitutionalism and the law
The 1993 constitution
The Constitutional Court
The legal system and its reform
Law and constitutionalism
Crime, corruption and security
Crime and the mafia
Corruption, meta-corruption and anti-corruption
The security apparatus and politics
Human and civil rights
The executive
The presidency
The government
Prime ministers and their policies
Public administration: from nomenklatura to civil service
Party development
Stages of party development
Normative framework of party development
The party system today
Problems of social representation
Electoral politics
Founding elections and electoral management
The electoral system and its reform
The experience of elections
Direct democracy: referendums
Electoral engagement
The legislature
Elections to the State Duma
Organisation
Role
The Federation Council (FC)
Nationalism, federalism and regionalism
National identity and state-building
From empire to state
Russian nationalism and national identity
State-building: borders and citizenship
Federalism and the new state
Ethno-federalism and its legacy
Russian federalism
Segmented regionalism and the new federalism
Segmented regionalism
Putin's 'new federalism'
Segmented regionalism and asymmetrical federalism
Economy and society
Russian capitalism
The road to the market
The Russian economy today
Evaluation of market reform
Society and social movements
Social structure and dynamics
Welfare and incomes
Social movements
Para-constitutionalism and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
Cultural transformation
The media
Culture and the intelligentsia
Religion and the state
Political culture and public opinion
The reshaping of values
Foreign, security and neighbourhood policy
Foreign policy
The evolution of foreign policy
The structure of policy-making
The debate over foreign policy
Russia and the world
Defence and security policy
The end of the Soviet armed forces
The great retreat
Military and security doctrines
Nuclear politics and non-proliferation
Military reform
Civil-military relations
New security paradigms
Commonwealth, community and fragmentation
The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
Regional organisations
Dilemmas of democratisation
Problems of transition
The challenge of history
Transitional justice
Models of transition
Democracy in Russia
Problems of democracy
Regime politics
Leadership and regime change
A struggling democracy?
The Russian constitution
Notes
Select bibliography
Index
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