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Comparing Post-Soviet Legislatures: A Theory of Institutional Design and Political Conflict

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One dilemma facing new or newly independent states, such as those of the former Soviet Union, is how to design effective legislatures when political parties are weak and fragmented or even nonexistent. In this book, Joel M. Ostrow develops a comparative institutional framework to explain marked differences in behavior across three post-Soviet legislatures: the Russian Supreme Soviet, the Russian State Duma, and the Estonian legislature. He argues that these differences in ability to manage political conflict can ...
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Overview

One dilemma facing new or newly independent states, such as those of the former Soviet Union, is how to design effective legislatures when political parties are weak and fragmented or even nonexistent. In this book, Joel M. Ostrow develops a comparative institutional framework to explain marked differences in behavior across three post-Soviet legislatures: the Russian Supreme Soviet, the Russian State Duma, and the Estonian legislature. He argues that these differences in ability to manage political conflict can be explained in large measure by the design of the legislatures. Most significant is the choice of whether and how to include parties or partisan factors.

Legislatures are an omnipresent component of modern democracy. Ostrow's comparative institutional design confirms the presumption of many political scientists that parties are essential for legislative consensus building. However, it also reveals that parties may have paradoxical effects on a legislature's performance. In following the budget process in Russia and Estonia, Ostrow explores the consequences that different institutional designs have had on post-Soviet legislatures. He has found that how parties are included may determine how capable a legislature is at managing political conflict, both internally and with the executive branch of the government. The author was present at many of the committee hearings and legislative sessions he describes, and his firsthand observations and interviews with committee members enhance his analysis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814250440
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Parliaments and Legislatures Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Theory of Comparative Legislatures: Institutional Design and Legislative Conflict 1
Pt. 1 The Russian Supreme Soviet: A Well-Oiled Machine, Out of Control 29
1 The Nonpartisan, Committee-Centered Supreme Soviet 35
2 A Well-Oiled Legislative Machine 46
3 External Activities: A Machine Out of Control 72
Pt. 2 The Russian State Duma: Complete Chaos, Under Control 93
4 The State Duma: An Unlinked, Dual-Channel Design 99
5 Procedural Breakdown and Deadlock in the Duma 118
6 External Activities: Negotiation and Cooperation 159
Pt. 3 The Estonian Riigikogu: The Benefits of a Linked, Dual-Channel Design 193
7 How Linkage Promotes Conflict Management 195
Conclusion: Designing Legislature: Prescriptive Lessons, for Russia and Beyond 229
Notes 251
Bibliography 289
Index 301
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