Developments in Russian Politics 7

Developments in Russian Politics 7

Book Pages: 336 Illustrations: Published: December 2009

European Studies > Eastern Europe and Russia, Politics > Political Science

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


“This superbly researched and exceedingly well-written book is rich in information. . . This is a very timely and useful collection, suitable for beginners and advanced scholars of Russia alike. It can be used selectively or as a whole. It is also an outstanding source of information for the curious general reader; a must-have for all those interested in modern Russia; overall, an excellent book.” — Diana Digol, Europe-Asia Studies

“This volume deserves high praise. The authors of the chapters in this reader are among the very best Western scholars of Russian politics. The writing is clear and well informed. And among other qualities, the book has an extensive bibliography and reading list which students can use to do research for term papers.” — Jeffrey W. Hahn, Slavonic and East European Review

Developments in Russian Politics 7 is an excellent book and will be valuable to specialists and students who want to understand the framework and trends of Russian politics under Putin and Medvedev.”
— Alan Holiman, Russian Review

“[T]his work is a comprehensive guide to modern Russia and recommended for all readership levels.” — Y. Polsky Choice


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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 Back to Top
List of Maps, Tables, Figures ix

Preface xi

Notes on the Contributors xiii

List of Abbreviations xviii

Glossary xix

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

References 290

Index 313
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-4477-3 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-4459-9
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