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The Crisis of Russian Democracy
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The Crisis of Russian Democracy

The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession
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ISBN-13:
9780521145220
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Seiten:
418
Autor:
Richard Sakwa
Gewicht:
670 g
Format:
228x152x20 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

An original analysis of Russian politics, reflecting on the underlying features of Russia's political system since 1991.
An original analysis of Russian politics, reflecting on the underlying features of Russia's political system since 1991.
1. The dual state in Russia; 2. Succession struggles and electoral contests; 3. Political power and factionalism; 4. A genuinely political economy; 5. Managed succession; 6. War of the Putin succession; 7. Duma selection; 8. Presidential succession; 9. Medvedev's challenge; 10. Conclusion: transcending the dual state.
'The view that Russia has taken a decisive shift towards authoritarianism may be premature, but there is no doubt that its democracy is in crisis. In this original and dynamic analysis of the fundamental processes shaping contemporary Russian politics, Richard Sakwa applies a new model based on the concept of Russia as a dual state. Russia's constitutional state is challenged by an administrative regime that subverts the rule of law and genuine electoral competitiveness. This has created a situation of permanent stalemate: the country is unable to move towards genuine pluralist democracy but, equally, its shift towards full-scale authoritarianism is inhibited. Sakwa argues that the dual state could be transcended either by strengthening the democratic state or by the consolidation of the arbitrary power of the administrative system. The future of the country remains open.An original interpretation of Russian politics based on detailed empirical analysis, interviews and an understanding of the dynamics of a political system in flux. Richard Sakwa applies a coherent model based on the concept of Russia as a dual state and argues that the future of Russia remains open.

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