Developments in Russian Politics 7

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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

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Editorial Reviews

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

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

Praise for Developments in Russian Politics 6:

“One of the best collections on the post-USSR period of Russia. It contains deep insight into the intricacies of Russian life. Skillfully and clearly written, this book is a worthy contribution to contemporary scholarship.”—Y. Polksy, Choice

Alan Holiman

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.”
Y. Polsky

“[T]his work is a comprehensive guide to modern Russia and recommended for all readership levels.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822344773
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 12/25/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen White

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.

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    1. Hometown:
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 20, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Long Island, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., UC Berkeley, 1972; M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1975; Ph.D., 1979
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

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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