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McFaul, Michael, 1963- author.
TitleBetween dictatorship and democracy : Russian post-communist political reform / Michael McFaul, Nikolai Petrov, and Andrei Ryabov ; with Mikhail Krasnov, Vladimir Petukov, Viktor Sheinis, and Elina Treyger.
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Washington, D.C. : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, [2004]
 
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Physical description1 online resource
SeriesBooks at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
BibliographyIncludes bibliographical references and index.
ContentsIntroduction / Michael McFaul, Nikolai Petrov, and Andrei Ryabov -- Elections / Michael McFaul and Nikolai Petrov -- The Constitution / Viktor Sheinis -- Legislative-executive relations / Andrei Ryabov -- Political parties / Michael McFaul -- Civil society / Michael McFaul and Elina Treyger -- The mass media / Andrei Ryabov -- The rule of law / Mikhail Krasnov -- Federalism / Nikolai Petrov -- Regional models of democratic development / Nikolai Petrov -- Public attitudes about democracy / Vladimir Petukhov and Andrei Ryabov.
SummaryFor hundreds of years, dictators have ruled Russia. Do they still' In the late 1980s, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev launched a series of political reforms that eventually allowed for competitive elections, the emergence of an independent press, the formation of political parties, and the sprouting of civil society. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, these proto-democratic institutions endured in an independent Russia. But did the processes unleashed by Gorbachev and continued under Russian President Boris Yeltsin lead eventually to liberal democracy in Russia' If not, what kind of political regime did take hold in post-Soviet Russia' And how has Vladimir Putin's rise to power influenced the course of democratic consolidation or the lack thereof' Between Dictatorship and Democracy seeks to give a comprehensive answer to these fundamental questions about the nature of Russian politics.
Other authorPetrov, Nikolaĭ (Nikolaĭ Vladimirovich), author.
Петров, Николай (Николай Владимирович), author.
Ri︠a︡bov, Andreĭ, author.
Рябов, Андрей, author.
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SubjectDemocracy -- Russia (Federation)
Post-communism -- Russia (Federation)
Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-
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ISBN9780870032905 (electronic bk.)
0870032909 (electronic bk.)
9780870032073
0870032062 (pbk.)
0870032070 (cloth)
9780870032066
Publisher NumberEB00642161 Recorded Books
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For hundreds of years, dictators have ruled Russia. Do they still? In the late 1980s, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev launched a series of political reforms that eventually allowed for competitive elections, the emergence of an independent press, the formation of political parties, and the sprouting of civil society. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, these proto-democratic (read more)
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Michael McFaul
Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He is also an analyst for NBC News. Dr. McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director (read more)
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October 1, 2004

The authors both hit and miss when analyzing Russia's democracy and criticizing Putin's stewardship of it. Early chapters reveal a general Russian studies problem--mistaking an encyclopedic summation (covering Gorbachev to Boris Yeltsin's reelection in 1996) for "nuanced" analysis. Consequently, nearly half the book is devoted to repetitive history covered by earlier, (read more)
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