Transitional Citizens: Voters and What Influences Them in the New Russia / Edition 1

Transitional Citizens: Voters and What Influences Them in the New Russia / Edition 1

by Timothy J. Colton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674001532

ISBN-13: 9780674001534

Pub. Date: 06/28/2000

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Subjects obey. Citizens choose. Transitional Citizens looks at the newly empowered citizens of Russia's protodemocracy facing choices at the ballot box that just a few years ago, under dictatorial rule, they could not have dreamt of.

The stakes in post-Soviet elections are extraordinary. While in the West politicians argue over refinements to social

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Subjects obey. Citizens choose. Transitional Citizens looks at the newly empowered citizens of Russia's protodemocracy facing choices at the ballot box that just a few years ago, under dictatorial rule, they could not have dreamt of.

The stakes in post-Soviet elections are extraordinary. While in the West politicians argue over refinements to social systems in basically good working order, in the Russian Federation they address graver concerns--dysfunctional institutions, individual freedom, nationhood, property rights, provision of the basic necessities of life in an unparalleled economic downswing. The idiom of Russian campaigns is that of apocalypse and mutual demonization. This might give an impression of political chaos. However, as Timothy Colton finds, voting in transitional Russia is highly patterned. Despite their unfamiliarity with democracy, subjects-turned-citizens learn about their electoral options from peers and the mass media and make choices that manifest a purposiveness that will surprise many readers.

Colton reveals that post-Communist voting is not driven by a single explanatory factor such as ethnicity, charismatic leadership, or financial concerns, but rather by multiple causes interacting in complex ways. He gives us the most sophisticated and insightful account yet of the citizens of the new Russia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674001534
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Subjects into Citizens

2. Transitional Citizens and the Electoral Process

3. Society in Transformation

4. Partisanship in Formation

5. Opinions, Opinions ...

6. Performance, Personality, and Promise

7. Tying the Strands Together

Appendix A. Post-Soviet Election Results, 1993-1996

Appendix B. Survey Data, Methods, and Models

Appendix C. Summary of Issue Opinions

Appendix D. Supplementary Tables

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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