Making and Breaking Democratic Transitions: The Comparative Politics of Russia's Regions (The Soviet Bloc and After)

Making and Breaking Democratic Transitions: The Comparative Politics of Russia's Regions (The Soviet Bloc and After)

By: Vladimir Gel'man (author), Boris Ovchinnikov (author), Sergei Ryzhenkov (author), Vladimir Avdonin (author), Michael Brie (author)Paperback

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Focusing on the vastly different outcomes of post-Soviet regime transitions, this study explores why some societies have become more democratic and some have not. Based on in-depth comparative analyses, the book assesses political developments in six of Russia's regions (Saratov, Nizhnii Novgorod, Volgograd, Ryazan', Ul'yanovsk, and Tver' oblasts) since 1988.

About Author

Vladimir Gel'man is associate professor, faculty of political sciences and sociology, European University at St. Petersburg. Sergei Ryzhenkov is deputy head of the Center for Modern Politics Studies, Moscow. Michael Brie is head of the foreign department of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin. Vladimir Avdonin is professor at the Center for European Politics and Law, Ryazan' State Pedagogical University. Boris Ovchinnikov is a leading expert at the International Institute for Humanities and Political Studies, Moscow. Igor Semenov is an independent political analyst and consultant in Saratov.


Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Transformations and Regimes: Uncertainty and its Consequences Chapter 3 Regional Political Regimes and Governance Systems in Russia Chapter 4 Saratov Oblast': Winner Takes All Chapter 5 Nizhnii Novgorod Oblast': The Limits of Elite Settlement Chapter 6 Volgograd Oblast': Structural Pluralism and Fragile Bicentrism Chapter 7 Ryazan' Oblast: From Structural Dualism to Elite Settlement Chapter 8 Ul'yanovsk Oblast': Transition without Elite Change Chapter 9 Tver' Oblast': Proto-Politics Chapter 10 Comparative Perspective: Political Dynamics of Regime Change Chapter 11 Conclusion

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  • ISBN13: 9780742525610
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780742525610
  • weight: 467
  • ISBN10: 0742525619

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