Growing Pains: Russian Democracy and the Election of 1993 / Edition 1

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The Russian Federation on December 12, 1993, held its first national election since the collapse of Soviet Communism. The election, to a new, two-chamber parliament, was accompanied by a constitutional referendum. It followed months of wrangling over political and economic reform and a violent showdown in Moscow between President Boris Yeltsin and his opponents. After a bitter campaign in which the government frequently changed the rules of the game, Russians narrowly endorsed Yeltsin's draft constitution, but turned out in large numbers for nationalistic and socialistic opposition parties, leaving Russia's Choice, the party favored by the president, with a small minority of the seats. The contest, with its deeply contradictory results, was a watershed in the evolution of Russia's fledgling democracy.

Growing Pains is a detailed study of the 1993 election and of its implications for Russian development and for the country's relations with the West. Several chapters, relying on comprehensive surveys of the Russian electorate, analyze the election process and how social structure and citizen opinions shaped voter choice. Others examine the campaigns of the major parties, the nature and consequences of electoral rules, and the roles of the mass media. Still others examine the campaign and its outcome at the grassroots in ten regions of Russia, from the western provinces to the Pacific coast, demonstrating the significance of local context and local elites and power structures in Russia's transitional politics.

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A detailed study of the 1993 national election in Russia, the first election held since the collapse of Soviet communism, exploring its implications for Russian development and for the country's relations with the West. Several chapters rely on comprehensive surveys of the Russian electorate to analyze the election process and the ways in which social structure and citizen opinions shaped voter choice. Others examine campaigns of major parties, electoral rules, the roles of the mass media, and the role of local power structures. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815715214
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 766
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy J. Colton is professor of government and Russian studies in the Department of Government and director of the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University. His previous books include Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (Harvard, 1995), named best book in government and political science 1995 by the Association of American Publishers. Jerry F. Hough is professor of political science and public policy at and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His books include Democratization and Revolution in the USSR, 1985-1991 (Brookings, 1997) and Russia and the West: Gorbachev and Reform (Simon and Schuster, 1988; rev. 1990).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The 1993 Election and the New Russian Politics 1
2 Institutional Rules and Party Formation 37
3 Determinants of the Party Vote 75
4 Russia's Choice: The Perils of Revolutionary Democracy 115
5 Between the Extremes: The Moderate Reformist and Centrist Blocs 141
6 Right and Left in the Hard Opposition 177
7 Television and the Campaign 211
8 The Press and the Campaign: Comprehensive but Fragmented Coverage 237
9 The Mass Media and the Electorate 267
10 Public Opinion and the Constitutional Referendum 291
11 Preserving the Radical Stronghold: The Election in Moscow 311
12 St. Petersburg: The Election in the Democratic Metropolis 349
13 Sverdlovsk: Mixed Results in a Hotbed of Regional Autonomy 397
14 Nizhnii Novgorod: The Dual Structure of Political Space 431
15 Political Ambition, Elite Competition, and Electoral Success in Saratov Oblast 463
16 Kursk: A Preserve of Communism 491
17 The Kuzbass: Liberals, Populists, and Labor 533
18 Primor'e: Local Politics and a Coalition for Reform 567
19 Bashkortostan: The Logic of Ethnic Machine Politics and Democratic Consolidation 599
20 Tatarstan: Elite Bargaining and Ethnic Separatism 637
21 The Failure of Party Formation and the Future of Russian Democracy 669
Contributors
Index
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