Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000 / Edition 1

Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000 / Edition 1

by Timothy J. Colton, Michael McFaul
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815715358

ISBN-13: 9780815715351

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

Twice in the winter of 1999-2000, citizens of the Russian Federation flocked to their neighborhood voting stations and scratched their ballots in an atmosphere of uncertainty, rancor, and fear. This book is a tale of these two elections—one for the 450-seat Duma, the other for President.

Despite financial crisis, a national security emergency in Chechnya, and

Overview

Twice in the winter of 1999-2000, citizens of the Russian Federation flocked to their neighborhood voting stations and scratched their ballots in an atmosphere of uncertainty, rancor, and fear. This book is a tale of these two elections—one for the 450-seat Duma, the other for President.

Despite financial crisis, a national security emergency in Chechnya, and cabinet instability, Russian voters unexpectedly supported the status quo. The elected lawmakers prepared to cooperate with the executive branch, a gift that had eluded President Boris Yeltsin since he imposed a post-Soviet constitution by referendum in 1993. When Yeltsin retired six months in advance of schedule, the presidential mantle went to Vladimir Putin—a career KGB officer who fused new and old ways of doing politics. Putin was easily elected President in his own right.

This book demonstrates key trends in an extinct superpower, a troubled country in whose stability, modernization, and openness to the international community the West still has a huge stake.

About 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.

Michael McFaul is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also an associate professor of political science at Stanford University and a nonresident associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815715351
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
1Introduction: The Transition within the Transition1
2Setting the Scene15
3The Party of Power47
4The Party of Hubris79
5The Communists108
6The Liberals139
7Putin171
8Results, Consequences, and Implications for U.S. Policy198
Appendixes
AThe Survey Work230
BA Statistical Model of the Vote232
CThe Mass Media and the Elections241
DTracing the Flow of the Vote247
Notes255
Index307

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