State-Building in Russia: The Yeltsin Legacy and the Challenge of the Future / Edition 1

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While attention has been focused on Russia's progress in democratization and economic privatization, we have lost sight of the conspicuous fact that the state was not so much surrendering power to civil society as it was disintegrating. The most important challenge of a new democracy is the creation of effective and authoritative political institutions. The eminent contributors to State-Building in Russia take on pivotal issue, with focused attention to questions of democratization (Russell Bova); national (Rolf Theen); constitutional implementation (Robert Sharlet); legal reform and law enforcement (Gordon Smith); state-society relations (Erik Hoffmann); public perceptions and attitudes David Mason); and social policy (Andrea Sanjian).
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American political scientists explore the creation of political institutions on the rubble of the Soviet Union. Their ten studies discuss such issues as democratization, national identity, constitutional implementation, legal reform and law enforcement, relations between the state and society, public perceptions and attitudes, social policy, and prospects after Yeltsin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765602763
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/12/1999
  • Series: Soviet/Post-Soviet Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editor and Contributors
1 State-Building in the New Russia: Assessing the Yeltsin Record 3
2 Democratization and the Crisis of the Russian State 17
3 Quo Vadis, Russia? The Problem of National Identity and State-Building 41
4 Constitutional Implementation and State-Building: Progress and Problems of Law Reform in Russia 81
5 The Disjuncture Between Legal Reform and Law Enforcement: The Challenge Facing the Post-Yeltsin Leadership 101
6 Conceptualizing State-Society Relations in Russia 123
7 Changing Public Perceptions and the Crisis of Confidence in the State: The Yeltsin Legacy 155
8 State-Society Relations and the Evolution of Social Policy in Russia 177
9 Social Contract Versus Market: Unemployment Policy and Symbolic Politics in Post-Soviet Russia 200
10 State-Building After Yeltsin: The Emerging Agenda 217
Index 226
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