Synopses & Reviews
Developments in Russian Politics 7
brings together specially commissioned essays by leading experts to present a wide-ranging assessment of politics in contemporary Russia, including the election and inauguration of Dmitri Medvedev as president and Vladimir Putin’s appointment as prime minister in the spring of 2008. The contributors provide succinct overviews of Russia’s executive leadership, parliamentary politics, elections, political parties, media and political communication, regional politics, economy, social policy, foreign policy, and defense and security. Clearly and accessibly written, Developments in Russian Politics
remains the first-choice introduction to politics in the world’s largest nation.
Contributors. Alfred B. Evans, Henry E. Hale, P. Hanson, Margot Light, N. Manning, J. Mathers, Michael McFaul, Sarah Oates, Thomas F. Remington, C. Ross, Richard Sakwa, Darrell Slider, G. Smith, Stephen White, John P. Willerton
An up-to-date introduction to the politics of one of the world’s biggest countries, setting out the policies leading up to the post-Putin era.
Leading experts provide succinct, up-to-date overviews of various aspects of politics and government in contemporary Russia.
About the Author
Stephen White is Professor of International Politics at the University of Glasgow and Senior Research Associate at the University’s School of Central and Eastern European Studies. He is the author of Russia’s New Politics: The Management of a Postcommunist Society and the chief editor of The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics.
Henry Hale is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. He is the author of Why Not Parties in Russia? Democracy, Federalism, and the State.
Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent. He is the author of Putin: Russia’s Choice.
Table of Contents
List of Maps, Tables, Figures ix
Notes on the Contributors xiii
List of Abbreviations xviii
1. Politics in Russia / Richard Sakwa 1
2. Semi-presidentialism and the Evolving Executive / John P. Willerton 20
3. Parliamentary Politics in Russia / Thomas F. Remington 43
4. Elections and Voters / Michael McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss 62
5. Russia's Political Parties and their Substitutes / Henry E. Hale 81
6. Russian Society and the State / Alfred B. Evans Jr. 99
7. The Media and Political Communication / Sarah Oates and Gillian McCormack 118
8. Legal Reform and the Dilemma of Rule of Law / Gordon B. Smith 135
9. Reforming the Federation / Cameron Ross 152
10. Politics in the Regions / Darrell Slider 171
11. Managing the Economy / Philip Hanson 188
12. Social Policy / Nick Manning 206
13. Russian Foreign Policy / Margot Light 225
14. The Military, Security and Politics / Jennifer G. Mathers 245
15. Classifying Russia's Politics / Stephen White 263
Guide to Further Reading 283