After Communism: Perspectives on Democracy

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In this collection, top scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet studies convene to explore communism's aftermath. They consider state building and consitutionalism; the transition to market capitalism and democracy across Eastern Europe; the political development of Muslim states; the complex and differential developments of electoral systems; the risks and opportunities of nationalism; and new political and economic activities in Russia, from corruption to contracts. Editor Donald Kelley introduces the volume with a synthesis of the theoretical and empirical findings of the volume, and his brief chapter introductions place each contribution in relation to the other essays and to larger debates on democratization.

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"Established, respected scholars of communist and postcommunist political systems provide state-of-the-art assessments of the status of the Russian and Central Asian political systems-and of Western scholarship on them. A synthesis of current understanding of the processes of political transition underway across much of the post-Soviet space." —Roger Kanet, editor of The Post-Communist States in the World Community (Macmillan and St. Martin's, 1998)
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Donald R. Kelley is the director of the Fulbright Institute of International Relations at the University of Arkansas. His many books include Politics in Russia and the Successor States (Harcourt Brace, 1999).

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Table of Contents

1 What Is to Be Done? 1
2 The Complexity of Democratic Consolidation 7
3 Comparative Democratization: Lessons from the Post-Socialist Experience 31
4 A Decade of Change but Not Much Progress: How Russians Are Coping 61
5 Taming Vlast: Institutional Development in Post-Communist Russia 89
6 Social Relations and Political Practices in Post-Communist Russia 119
7 Russia in the Middle: State Building and the Rule of Law 143
8 Democracy and Counterinsurgency in Central Asia 161
9 Institutionalizing Electoral Democracy in Post-Communist States 187
10 A Decade of Nonnationalism?: Regime Change As Surrogate for Identity Change 221
11 Consolidation As a Work in Progress 239
Notes 253
Contributors 295
Index 297
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