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In this comprehensive assessment of what has happened in Russia since 1991--what has been accomplished and what so has so far failed--the author argues that the new situation in Russia cannot be defined simply in terms of either authoritarianism or liberal democracy.

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In this comprehensive assessment of what has happened in Russia since 1991--what has been accomplished and what so far has failed--the author argues that the new situation in Russia cannot be defined simply in terms of either authoritarianism or liberal democracy. The reality is more complicateda heterogeneous patchwork of despotism, liberalism, populism, paternalism, and democracy all coexisting. Russia's political life is marked by plurality of views and actors. Opposition movements are proliferating. On the economic front, Russia crossed the threshold to a market economy. Strides have been made in providing guarantees for individual liberties. Russians turn out to vote, for instance, in numbers that put US voters to shame. These advances are impressive. Yet Russia is still struggling desperately to evolve from its Soviet past. New conflicts emerged that are now beginning to act as a brake on reform. The basic problems of state-building have yet to be resolved: defining the nation in an ethnically mixed population, building consensus on power-sharing among federal power and regional leaders, creating a meaningful post-superpower international role. Shevtsova analyzes the major issues of Russian development: the behavior of major interest groups, the emergence of new oligarchic clans, the clashes of branches of power and what is behind them, the real causes of Chechen war, the interaction of stability and instability. She scrutinizes the major political personalities who have had and continue to have an impact on Russian developments--Gaidar, Rutzkoi, Kchasbulatov, Chernomyrdin, Chubais. The main focus is on Yeltsin, who has managed stunning political transformations--from communist topopulist, to liberal, democrat, and statist. Over and over, he has regained preeminence at the very moment when even his own supporters had virtually written him off. Much will depend on the manner, character, and timing of his departure from the political scene--as well as on the legacy he leaves behind.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-324) and index.

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ISBN:
9780870031274
Foreword:
Horelick, Arnold Lawrence
Author:
Shevtsova, Liliia Fedorovna
Foreword by:
Horelick, Arnold Lawrence
Foreword:
Horelick, Arnold Lawrence
Author:
Shevtsova, Lilia
Author:
Horelick, Arnold Lawrence
Publisher:
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Government (non-U.S.)
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Russia (federation)
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Russia (Federation) Politics and government 1991-
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Government - International
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
346
Dimensions:
9.01x5.87x.85 in. 1.03 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this comprehensive assessment of what has happened in Russia since 1991--what has been accomplished and what so far has failed--the author argues that the new situation in Russia cannot be defined simply in terms of either authoritarianism or liberal democracy. The reality is more complicateda heterogeneous patchwork of despotism, liberalism, populism, paternalism, and democracy all coexisting. Russia's political life is marked by plurality of views and actors. Opposition movements are proliferating. On the economic front, Russia crossed the threshold to a market economy. Strides have been made in providing guarantees for individual liberties. Russians turn out to vote, for instance, in numbers that put US voters to shame. These advances are impressive. Yet Russia is still struggling desperately to evolve from its Soviet past. New conflicts emerged that are now beginning to act as a brake on reform. The basic problems of state-building have yet to be resolved: defining the nation in an ethnically mixed population, building consensus on power-sharing among federal power and regional leaders, creating a meaningful post-superpower international role. Shevtsova analyzes the major issues of Russian development: the behavior of major interest groups, the emergence of new oligarchic clans, the clashes of branches of power and what is behind them, the real causes of Chechen war, the interaction of stability and instability. She scrutinizes the major political personalities who have had and continue to have an impact on Russian developments--Gaidar, Rutzkoi, Kchasbulatov, Chernomyrdin, Chubais. The main focus is on Yeltsin, who has managed stunning political transformations--from communist topopulist, to liberal, democrat, and statist. Over and over, he has regained preeminence at the very moment when even his own supporters had virtually written him off. Much will depend on the manner, character, and timing of his departure from the political scene--as well as on the legacy he leaves behind.
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