The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession (BOK)

Richard Sakwa

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The view that Russia has taken a decisive shift towards authoritarianism may be premature, but there is no doubt that its democracy is in crisis. In this original and dynamic analysis of the fundamental processes shaping contemporary Russian politics, Richard Sakwa applies a new model based on the concept of Russia as a dual state. Russia's constitutional state is challenged by an administrative regime that subverts the rule of law and genuine electoral competitiveness. This has created a situation of permanent stalemate: the country is unable to move towards genuine pluralist democracy but, equally, its shift towards full-scale authoritarianism is inhibited. Sakwa argues that the dual state could be transcended either by strengthening the democratic state or by the consolidation of the arbitrary power of the administrative system. The future of the country remains open.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Richard Sakwa
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521145220
Antall sider 418 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 2cm
Vekt 670 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Political structures: democracy, Comparative politics