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Highly regarded for its comprehensive coverage, up-to-date scholarship, and comparative framework,Politics in Russiais an authoritative overview of Russiars"s contemporary political system and its recent evolution. Leading area specialist Thomas Remington focuses on four areas of change-state structure, regime change, economic transformation, and identity-to offer a context for analyzing the transition from the Soviet to the post-Soviet era. Consistently emphasizing the intersection of politics and economics and the tension between authoritarian and democratic trends, this text helps students explore the complexities and ambiguities of Russian politics today.
Thomas F. Remington is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Emory University.
Table of Contents
State and Regime in Russia
Current Policy Challenges
Four Domains of Change
State Structure: From Soviet Union to Russian Federation
The Question of Identity: Imperial Russia-USSR-Russian Federation
Choices and Changes in Russian Politics
Plan of the Book
The Soviet System and Its Demise
The Tsarist Regime
The Soviet Regime before Gorbachev
Gorbachev Comes to Power
Political Institutions of the Transition Period: Demise of the USSR
Russia's Constitutional Order
The Russian Republic in the Transition Period
1990-1993: Deepening Constitutional Conflict
The 1993 Constitution and the Presidency
The Federal Dimension
Political Participation and Recruitment
Political Participation and Social Capital
The Importance of Social Capital
The Problem of "Dual Russia"
Participation and Recruitment under the Soviet Regime
Channels of Mass Participation
Participation and Recruitment in the Old Regime: Interlocking Directorates
Participation and Recruitment in the Old Regime: Conclusions
Surge and Ebb in Political Participation
The Mobilization of Discontent
Elite Adaptation and Replacement
Political Recruitment, Old and New
Ideology and Political Culture
The Concept of Political Culture
Russian Political Culture in the Post-Soviet Period
Soviet Political Socialization
Support for Democratic Values
Influences on Russian Political Culture in the Soviet Period
Political Socialization in Contemporary Russia
Cultural Diversity within Russia
Interest Groups and Political Parties
Interest Articulation: Statism vs. Pluralism
Socialism and Bureaucratic Politics
Democrats, "Reds," and "Browns"
New Sectors of Interest
Interest Aggregation and the Party System: Return to a One-Party Regime?
Parties and Elections
Party Strategies and the Social Bases of Party Support
The Future of the Party System
State and Market in Russia's Economic Transition
The Dual Transition
Putin's Dual Agenda
Politics and Law
Democratization and the Rule of Law
The Constitutional Court
Reforms in the Law Codes
Obstacles to the Rule of Law
Bureaucratic Rule Making
Terrorism and National Security
Organized Crime and Corruption
Russia as Regional Superpower
A Liberal Empire?
The CIS and Its Descendants
The Russia-Belarus Union
The Eurasian Economic Community
The Collective Security Treaty Organization
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Obstacles to Regional Hegemony
Russia and the International Community
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