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Russian Politics The Paradox of a Weak State

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ISBN-10: 0231703902

ISBN-13: 9780231703901

Edition: 2012

Authors: Marie Mendras

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In recent years, it seems as if Russia's rulers -- and even its citizens -- have turned their backs on democracy and the rule of law. Vladimir Putin's regime often acts in opposition to Europe and maintains only strained relations with the rest of the world.Exploring these paradoxical developments is the key focus of this thorough and necessary book. Marie Mendras, a leading international scholar on Russia, provides an original and incisive analysis of the state's political system since Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika. Mendras contends that the Russian state has become weak and ineffective: Vladimir Putin has dismantled and undermined most public institutions and has consolidated a system…    
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 6/26/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Maps
Prologue
Introduction
The Myth of a Strong State: Legacy of the Empire and Autocracy
Imperial State, not Nation State
A People, not a Nation
The Ruler Ruled but did not Govern
The Dilution of the State within the Soviet System
The State as an Instrument of Power
Domestic Reform and Opening to the World
Opening Up: the End of the Besieged Fortress
The Central Relationship with the West
Gorbachev's Perestroika and the Quest for Modernity
The Government Misinforms Itself
A Better Life
Out of the Barrel
Understanding the Unexpected
The Misunderstanding over Ideology
Property and Free Vote: The Public-Private Separation at Stake
Economic Sovereignty
The Paradox of Mistrust
National Identity in the Turmoil of Change
The Defeat of Constitutionalism
The First Elections: Sovereignty and Representation Put to the Test
Calling in the Army and the End of Enchantment
The War in Chechnya
The Pitfalls of the New Presidentialism
Disapproval of Yeltsin's Policies
The Communist Revival and the Protest Vote
The Temptation to Postpone the Elections
The Re-election of Yeltsin and the 'Oligarchs'
Downward Spiral
The Financial Crash
The Leaders' Responsibility
War Again
The Legislative Elections of 1999: Choosing Yeltsin's Successor
Putin's Guaranteed Victory
The Power of Bureaucracies
Survival of the Administrative Elites
Complexity and Diversity
Federal Governance
Consolidation of the Regional Systems under Yeltsin
Administrative �Paternalism�
Local Powers
Disparities
The Preference for Unclear and Unsettled Rules
Bending the Rules
The Hollowing out of Public Institutions
The Break with Yeltsin
Violence and the Chechen Foe
Putin I and Putin II
Putin Consolidates his Power
Antifederalism
Increased Authoritarianism
Dropping the Mask
Putin�s Re-election in 2004
Beslan: Exploiting Terrorism Politically
The 'Constitutional Coup' of 13 September 2004
Stranglehold on Information and the Media
Subverting Judicial Independence
A Distrustful Society
Withdrawing the Democratic Promise
Freedoms
Fears
A Low-Conflict Society?
Submission or Consent?
Putin's Image as Leader
Willing Hostages?
The Putin System: Unanimity and Autocracy
Rotation in Office Refused: A Sure Sign of Autocracy
The Medvedev Scenario
The Plebiscite of 2 December, 2007
The End of the Free and Pluralist Vote
Legalizing the Designated Successor
Why Keep Holding Elections?
Imitating or Downgrading Democracy?
Putin's Power and the Cult of Personality
Voluntary Servitude?
Putin III: The Unlikely Dyarchy
The Putin System: Patronage and the Enrichment of the Elites
Economic Growth, the Key to Consolidating the Political Regime
The Resources of Oligarchy
The Loyalty Paradigm
Clientelism and Corruption
Which �Elites'?
Unstable Equilibrium
National Exceptionalism
The War in Georgia: A Turning Point
The Image of the Enemy
The Democratic Threat
Terrorism and 'Extremism'
Khodorkovsky: Second Act
The Imagined Community: A More and More Fragmented Russia
The Unequal Tandem
Conclusion
Chronology
Notes
Bibliography
Index