Presidents, Oligarchs and Bureaucrats

Presidents, Oligarchs and Bureaucrats

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Overview

Presidents, Oligarchs and Bureaucrats by Margarete Klein, Hans-Henning Schroder

Over the last decade the "transition paradigm", which is based on the conviction that authoritarian political systems would over time necessarily develop into democracies, has been subjected to serious criticism. The complex political and societal developments in the post-Soviet region in particular have exposed flaws in the claim that a shift from authoritarianism to democracy is inevitable. Using case studies from the post-Soviet region, a broad range of international contributors present an original and innovative contribution to the debate. They explore the character of post-Soviet regimes and review the political transformations they have experienced since the end of the Cold War. Through a combination of theoretical approaches and detailed, empirical analysis the authors highlight the difficulties and benefits of applying the concepts of hybrid regimes,
competitive authoritarianism and neopatrimonialism to the countries of the post-Soviet space. Through this in-depth approach the authors demonstrate how "Presidents, Oligarchs and Bureaucrats" in the region lead their countries, examine the sources of their legitimacy and their relationship to the societies they govern and advance the general theoretical debate on regime change and transition paths.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409412502
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/16/2012
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susan Stewart, Margarete Klein, Andrea Schmitz and Hans-Henning Schröder all at German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Richard Sakwa; Introduction, Susan Stewart, Margarete Klein, Andrea Schmitz and Hans-Henning Schröder. Part I Theory: Forms of rule in the post-Soviet space: hybrid regimes, Timm Beichelt; Democracy and a level playing field, Steven Levitsky and Lucan A. Way; Neopatrimonialism: problems of a catch-all concept?, Gero Erdmann. Part II Case Studies: Russia: Russia's political regime: neo-Soviet authoritarianism and patronal presidentialism, Margareta Mommsen; Subnational authoritarianism in Russia: trajectories of political evolution, Vladimir Gel'man; Fascistoid Russia: Putin's political system in comparative context, Alexander J. Motyl. Part III Case Studies: Ukraine and Georgia: From competitive authoritarianism to defective democracy: political regimes in Ukraine before and after the Orange revolution, Heiko Pleines; Elections and treatment of the opposition in post-Soviet Georgia, Pamela Jawad; From corruption to rotation: politics in Georgia before and after the Rose revolution, Christian Timm. Part IV Case Studies: Central Asia: Changing political systems and regime types: in between the neopatrimonial and bureaucratic-developmental state in Central Asia, Paul Georg Geiss; Seeing like a president: the dilemma of inclusion in Kazakhstan, Sebastian Schiek and Stephan Hensell; The loss of difference: the conditions of modern politics in Kyrgyzstan, Alexander Wolters; Conclusion, Susan Stewart, Margarete Klein, Andrea Schmitz and Hans-Henning Schröder; Index.

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