Economic Autonomy and Democracy: Hybrid Regimes in Russia and Kyrgyzstan

Economic Autonomy and Democracy: Hybrid Regimes in Russia and Kyrgyzstan

by Kelly M. McMann
     
 

How do individuals decide to exercise their democratic rights? This book argues that they first assess their economic autonomy, meaning their ability to make a living independent of government authorities. Before individuals consider whether their resources and organizational abilities are adequate to act on their interests, they calculate the risk of political… See more details below

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How do individuals decide to exercise their democratic rights? This book argues that they first assess their economic autonomy, meaning their ability to make a living independent of government authorities. Before individuals consider whether their resources and organizational abilities are adequate to act on their interests, they calculate the risk of political activism to their livelihood. This is particularly evident in regions of the world where states monopolize the economy and thus can readily harass activists at their workplaces. Economic autonomy links capitalism and democracy through individuals' calculations about activism. Accounts of activists' decisions about establishing independent media, leading political organizations, and running for office and descriptions of government harassment in Russia and Kyrgyzstan, along with examples from most regions of the world, illustrate these arguments. Economic autonomy and the interaction among democratic rights help explain the global proliferation of hybrid regimes, governments that display both democratic and authoritarian characteristics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521857611
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1Capitalism, democracy, and economic autonomy1
2The concept of economic autonomy28
3Measurement of democracy44
4Activism under the state's thumb69
5Illustrations of eocnomic autonomy138
6Hybrid regimes174

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