The Politics of Transition: Shaping a Post-Soviet Future

The Politics of Transition: Shaping a Post-Soviet Future

by Stephen White, Graeme Gill, Darrell Slider
     
 

The Soviet system has undergone a dramatic transformation: from communist monopoly to multiparty politics, from Marxism to competing values, from centralisation to fragmentation, and from state ownership to a mixed economy. This book, by three of the West's leading scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet affairs, traces the politics of transition in the late 1980s and… See more details below

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The Soviet system has undergone a dramatic transformation: from communist monopoly to multiparty politics, from Marxism to competing values, from centralisation to fragmentation, and from state ownership to a mixed economy. This book, by three of the West's leading scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet affairs, traces the politics of transition in the late 1980s and early 1990s from its origins to its uncertain post-communist future. The authors analyse the full impact of transition on official and popular values, central and local political institutions, post-Soviet republics, the CPSU and the parties which replaced it, and political participation. A final chapter considers the problematic nature of this form of 'democracy from above'. Detailed but clearly and accessibly written, The politics of transition provides an ideal guide to the changes that have been taking place in the politics of the newly independent nations that together constitute a sixth of the world's land surface.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521440943
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Beyond Marxism1
2Reforming the electoral system20
3Structures of government39
4The Presidency and central government60
5From union to independence79
6Patterns of republic and local politics98
7The withering away of the party117
8The emergence of competitive politics140
9The politics of economic interests164
10Public opinion and the political process178
11Letters and political communication193
12The Soviet transition and 'democracy from above'212
Index274

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