Regional Politics in Russia

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This innovative, multi-contributed book, now available in paperback, argues convincingly that Russia will never be able to create a viable democracy as long as authoritarian regimes are able to flourish in the regions. The main themes covered are democratisation at the regional level, and the problems faced by the federal states in forging viable democratic institutions in what is now a highly assymetrical Federation. A major strength of the book lies in its combination of thematic chapters with case studies of particular regions and republics. Very little has been published to date on the actual processes of democratisation in particular republics and regions.

The book takes into account the literature available on the "new institutionalism" and outlines the importance of institutions in developing and maintaining democracy. It looks at the importance of sovereignty, federalism and democratic order, and considers the distinct problems of party-building in Russia's regions. Electoral politics are also considered fully, before the book goes on to consider the whole issue of regional politics and democratisation in five particular areas of Russia — Novgorod, the Komi Republic, Russia's Far East, Tatarstan and Bashkortostan.

The authors, the majority of whom are internationally recognised experts in their field, have been drawn from Britain, the USA, Russia and Germany, giving the book a truly global perspective.

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Editorial Reviews

Much of the commentary on Russia's political structures focuses on the national level, neglecting the impact of politics on the regional level on the development of political institutions. Ross (politics, U. of Dundee, UK) presents 12 papers that explore such topics as regional voting patterns, party politics in St. Petersburg, the role of Russia's governors in federal elections, the development of political institutions in the Russian Far East, regional authoritarianism in Bashkortostan, and the effects of Putin's reforms of the federal system. Distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher

"This work contributes much to an understanding of Russian politics under Putin." --Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719081170
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cameron Ross is Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Dundee.

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Table of Contents

Federalism, sovereignty and democracy — Richard Sakwa
• Regional voting patterns in post-communist Russia — Matthew Wyman, Stephen White, Ian McAllister & Sarah Oates
• Political parties and regional democracy — Cameron Ross
• The role of Russia's Governors in the 1999-2000 federal elections — Danielle N. Lussier
• High stakes, low chances: the failure of party politics in St. Petersburg — Grigorii V. Golosov & Vadim Goncharov * The development of political institutions in three regions of the Russian Far East — Jeffrey W. Hahn
• Regional democratisation in Russia: Some lessons from Novgorod — Nicolai N. Petro
• Problems of democratisation in the Komi Republic — James Alexander
• Democratisation, structural pluralism and fragile Bi-entrism: The case of Volgograd Oblast — Vladimir Gel'man
• Bashkortostan: A case of regional authoritarianism — Jörn Grävingholt * Tatarstan: Syndrome of authoritarianism — Midkhat Farukshin * Putin reforms the federal system — Elizabeth Teague

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