Politics in Russia

Author: Thomas F Remington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131734541X

Category: Law

Page: 288

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Highly regarded for its comprehensive coverage, up-to-date scholarship, and comparative framework, Politics in Russia is an authoritative overview of Russia's contemporary political system and its recent evolution.Area specialist Thomas Remington focuses on four areas of change in this text state structure, regime change, economic transformation, and identity to offer a dynamic context for analyzing the post-Soviet era. With a consistent emphasis on the intersection of politics and economics and the tension between authoritarian and democratic trends, no other text guides students through the complexities and ambiguities of Russian politics today like Politics in Russia.

Religion and Politics in Russia: A Reader

A Reader

Author: Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317461126

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

View: 6068

Russia is not only vast, it is also culturally diverse, the core of an empire that spanned Eurasia. In addition to the majority Russian Orthodox and various other Christian groups, the Russian Federation includes large communities of Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and members of other religious groups, some with ancient historical roots. All are in a state of ferment, and securing formal state recognition for specific communities is often daunting. This collection provides entry into the diversity of Russia's religious communities. Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer's introduction to the volume illuminates major political, social, and cultural-anthropological trends. The book is organized by religious tradition or identity, with further thematic perspectives on each set of readings. The authors include ethnologists, sociologists, political analysts, and religious leaders from many regions of the Federation. They analyze the changing dynamics of religion and politics within each community and in the context of the current drive to recentralize both political and religious authority in Moscow. Topical coverage extends from reassertions of Russian Orthodoxy to activities of Christian and Muslim missionaries to the revival of many other religions, including indigenous shamanic ones.

Politics In Russia: A Reader

Author: Joel M. Ostrow

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1608716503

Category: Political Science

Page: 488

View: 8120

Covering the major contours of any Russian politics course, and comprehensive enough to serve as a core text, this new reader includes sections from the Soviet political system and its collapse, to the debate about post-Communist transition and efforts toward political and economic reform. A former journalist who worked in Russia, Ostrow's substantial headnotes blend needed background with insights from his experience, to create a nuanced treatment of Russian politics.

Postcommunist Welfare States

Reform Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe

Author: Linda J. Cook

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801458231

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 7137

In the early 1990s, the countries of the former Soviet Bloc faced an urgent need to reform the systems by which they delivered broad, basic social welfare to their citizens. Inherited systems were inefficient and financially unsustainable. Linda J. Cook here explores the politics and policy of social welfare from 1990 to 2004 in the Russian Federation, Poland, Hungary, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Most of these countries, she shows, tried to institute reforms based on a liberal paradigm of reduced entitlements and subsidies, means-testing, and privatization. But these proposals provoked opposition from pro-welfare interests, and the politics of negotiating change varied substantially from one political arena to another. In Russia, for example, liberalizing reform was blocked for a decade. Only as Vladimir Putin rose to power did the country change its inherited welfare system. Cook finds that the impact of economic pressures on welfare was strongly mediated by domestic political factors, including the level of democratization and balance of pro- and anti-reform political forces. Postcommunist welfare politics throughout Russia and Eastern Europe, she shows, are marked by the large role played by bureaucratic welfare stakeholders who were left over from the communist period and, in weak states, by the development of informal processes in social sectors.

Regional Politics in Russia

Author: Cameron Ross

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719058905

Category: Political Science

Page: 223

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The contributors here argue 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 democratization at the regional level, and the problems faced by the federal states in forging viable democratic institutions in what is now a highly asymmetrical Federation. A major strength of the book lies in its combination of thematic chapters with case studies of particular regions and republics. Electoral politics are also considered fully, before the book goes on to consider the whole issue of regional politics and democratization in five particular areas of Russia - Novgorod, the Komi Republic, Russia's Far East, Tatarstan and Bashkortostan.

The Politics of Sub-National Authoritarianism in Russia

Author: Dr Cameron Ross,Professor Vladimir Gel'man

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 140948906X

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

View: 9829

By the end of the 2000s Russia had become an increasingly authoritarian state, which was characterised by the following features: outrageously unfair and fraudulent elections, the existence of weak and impotent political parties, a heavily censored (often self-censored) media, weak rubber-stamping legislatures at the national and sub-national levels, politically subordinated courts, the arbitrary use of the economic powers of the state, and widespread corruption. However, this picture would be incomplete without taking into account the sub-national dimension of these subversive institutions and practices across the regions of the Russian Federation. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, sub-national political developments in Russia became highly diversified and the political map of Russia’s regions became multi-faceted. The period of 2000s demonstrated a drive on the part of the Kremlin to re-centralise politics and governance to the demise of newly-emerging democratic institutions at both the national and sub-national levels. Yet, federalism and regionalism remain key elements of the research agenda in Russian politics, and the overall political map of Russia’s regions is far from being monotonic. Rather, it is similar to a complex multi-piece puzzle, which can only be put together through skilful crafting. The 12 chapters in this collection are oriented towards the generation of more theoretically and empirically solid inferences and provide critical evaluations of the multiple deficiencies in Russia’s sub-national authoritarianism, including: principal-agent problems in the relations between the layers of the ‘power vertical’, unresolved issues of regime legitimacy that have resulted from manipulative electoral practices, and the inefficient performance of regional and local governments. The volume brings together a team of international experts on Russian regional politics which includes top scholars from Britain, Canada, Russia and the USA.

Politics in Russia and the Successor States

Author: Donald R. Kelley

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company


Category: History

Page: 400

View: 9822

In [this book, the author] focuses on comparative topical issues such as political culture, executive leadership, legislatures, and parties. Each chapter begins with a theoretical introduction that offers a comparative perspective and links Russia and the successor states to other parts of the world. Designed for comparativists rather than specialists, [this book] sheds fresh light on an emerging democracy and explores how such an astonishing world event came to be. This study of Russia and the successor states is framed within a theoretical examination of democratization and encompasses the first efforts at reform and democratization in the nineteenth century that led to the eventual creation of a pluralistic society, with its beginning as early as the Khurshchev era, and the monumental movement toward democratization after 1991. -Back cover.

Developments in Russian Politics 8

Author: Stephen White,Richard Sakwa,Henry E. Hale

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137392150

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 5371

Developments in Russian Politics 8 brings together a tightly-edited set of specially-commissioned chapters to provide a broad-ranging assessment of Putin's third term in power. Clearly and accessibly written, it will remain the introduction of choice to politics in the world's largest state.

Red Air

Politics in Russian Air Power

Author: Sanu Kainikara

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 1581129831

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 8163

"The Russian Air Force carries the mantle of the erstwhile 'Red Air Force' of the Soviet Union and has a long and illustrious history backed by grand traditions and customs. The Russian Air Force is still coming to grips with its changed circumstances after the collapse of the Soviet Union and is perhaps in the best shape of the three armed forces to be able to lend credence to the Russian Federation's claim to international influence and power projection capabilities. Doctrine is the reflection of a nation's character, and air power doctrine is influenced by the strategic culture of a nation. Nowhere else is this more apparent than in the case of the Russian Air Force. The Red Air Force has been directly influenced by the political upheavals in the Soviet Union and now Russia, but has displayed exemplary resilience in continuing to provide adequate support for government policies. The impact of political ideology on the development of doctine and air power has not been greater in any other air force around the world. This book is an extension of a doctoral thesis produced in 2005 and is essential reading for anyone trying to come to grips with the intricate relationship that exists between national security imperatives, political ideology and the development of military doctrine." --Back cover.

The Politics of Local Government in Russia

Author: Jr. Evans

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742524798

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 4998

According to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, adopted in 1993, local autonomy is one of the fundamental principles of the constitutional system. The Politics of Local Government in Russia aims to provide a dedicated and comprehensive discussion of the pursuit of local self-government in contemporary Russia where "local" refers to the third tier of government beyond federal and regional governments. Some of the ablest scholars in the field focus on the existing institutional and social climate for municipal and district level government in Russia while placing recent reforms in a comparative and historical perspective.

Federalism and Local Politics in Russia

Author: Cameron Ross,Adrian Campbell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113407557X

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 7254

This book examines federalism and regional and local politics in Russia. Many commentators have alluded to the unique nature of Russia's dual transition and its difficult task of simultaneously reforming its economy and polity. But there is in fact a third transition under way in Russia that is of no less importance, the need to reconfigure central-local relations and to create a stable and viable form of federalism. Federal states are much more difficult to set up than unitary ones, and forging a new federal system at the same time as privatising the economy and trying to radically overhaul the political system has clearly made Russia's transition triply difficult. The book discusses how Vladimir Putin has re-asserted the power of the centre in Russia, and tightened the federal government's control of the regions. It shows how, contrary to his rhetoric about developing Russia as a free and democratic state, authoritarianism has been extended - through his reorganisation of the Federation Council, his usurpation of powers to dismiss regional assemblies and chief executives, and his creation of seven unelected super-governors. The book explores a wide range of issues related to these developments, including a comparative study of Russian federalism and local politics, ethnic federalism, the merging of federal units, regional governors, electoral and party reforms, and regional and local politics. It also includes case studies of local and regional politics in specific regions.

Politics in Russia

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 1478425741

Category: Education

Page: 37

View: 4560

Facts101 is your complete guide to Politics in Russia. In this book, you will learn topics such as Russia`s Constitutional Order, Political Participation and Recruitment, Ideology an Political Culture, and Interest Groups and Political Parties plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

The Rebirth of Politics in Russia

Author: Michael Urban,Vyacheslav Igrunov,Sergei Mitrokhin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521566117

Category: History

Page: 429

View: 8736

By focusing on the popular forces which accomplished Russia's political rebirth, this 1997 book offers an original perspective on this critical period.

Islam In Politics In Russia

Author: Dudolgnon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136888780

Category: Social Science

Page: 396

View: 5483

First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Conservative Christian Politics in Russia and the United States

Dreaming of Christian nations

Author: John Anderson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317606639

Category: Political Science

Page: 196

View: 2477

This book explores the politics of conservative Christian churches and social movements in Russia and the United States, focusing on their similar concerns but very different modes of political engagement. Whilst secularisation continues to chip away at religious adherence and practice in Europe, religion is often, quite rightly, seen as an influential force in the politics of the United States, and, more questionably, as a significant influence in contemporary Russia. This book looks at the broad social movement making up the US Christian Right and the profoundly hierarchical leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church as socially conservative actors, and some of the ways they have engaged in contemporary politics. Both are seeking to halt the perceived drift towards a more secular political order; both face significant challenges in handling the consequences of secularism, pluralism and liberal individualism; and both believe that their nations can only be great if they remain true to their religious heritage. In exploring their experience, the book focuses on shared and different elements in their diagnosis of what is wrong with their societies and how this affects their policy intervention over issues such as religious and ethnic belonging, sexual orientation and education. Drawing on political, sociological and religious studies, this work will be a useful reference for students and scholars of religion and politics, Russian politics and American politics.

Islam in Russia: The Politics of Identity and Security

The Politics of Identity and Security

Author: Shireen Hunter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315290111

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 592

View: 4258

This richly detailed study traces the shared history of Russia and Islam in expanding compass - from the Tatar civilization within the Russian heartland, to the conquered territories of the Caucasus and Central Asia, to the larger geopolitical and security context of contemporary Russia on the civilizational divide. The study's distinctive analytical drive stresses political and geopolitical relationships over time and into the very complicated present. Rich with insight, the book is also an incomparable source of factual information about Russia's Muslim populations, religious institutions, political organizations, and ideological movements.

Sex, Politics, and Putin

Political Legitimacy in Russia

Author: Valerie Sperling

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199324352

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

View: 9988

Is Vladimir Putin macho, or is he a "fag"? Sex, Politics, and Putin investigates how gender stereotypes and sexualization have been used as tools of political legitimation in contemporary Russia. Despite their enmity, regime allies and detractors alike have wielded traditional concepts of masculinity, femininity, and homophobia as a means of symbolic endorsement or disparagement of political leaders and policies. By repeatedly using machismo as a means of legitimation, Putin's regime (unlike that of Gorbachev or Yeltsin) opened the door to the concerted use of gendered rhetoric and imagery as a means to challenge regime authority. Sex, Politics, and Putin analyzes the political uses of gender norms and sexualization in Russia through three case studies: pro- and anti-regime groups' activism aimed at supporting or undermining the political leaders on their respective sides; activism regarding military conscription and patriotism; and feminist activism. Arguing that gender norms are most easily invoked as tools of authority-building when there exists widespread popular acceptance of misogyny and homophobia, Sperling also examines the ways in which sexism and homophobia are reflected in Russia's public sphere.

The Politics of Inequality in Russia

Author: Thomas F. Remington

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139499718

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 7552

This book investigates the relationship between the character of political regimes in Russia's subnational regions and the structure of earnings and income. Based on extensive data from Russian official sources and surveys conducted by the World Bank, the book shows that income inequality is higher in more pluralistic regions. It argues that the relationship between firms and government differs between more democratic and more authoritarian regional regimes. In more democratic regions, business firms and government have more cooperative relations, restraining the power of government over business and encouraging business to invest more, pay more and report more of their wages. Average wages are higher in more democratic regions and poverty is lower, but wage and income inequality are also higher. The book argues that the rising inequality in postcommunist Russia reflects the inability of a weak state to carry out a redistributive social policy.

After Newspeak

Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin

Author: Michael S. Gorham

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801470579

Category: History

Page: 260

View: 7859

In After Newspeak, Michael S. Gorham presents a cultural history of the politics of Russian language from Gorbachev and glasnost to Putin and the emergence of new generations of Web technologies. Gorham begins from the premise that periods of rapid and radical change both shape and are shaped by language. He documents the role and fate of the Russian language in the collapse of the USSR and the decades of reform and national reconstruction that have followed. Gorham demonstrates the inextricable linkage of language and politics in everything from dictionaries of profanity to the flood of publications on linguistic self-help, the speech patterns of the country’s leaders, the blogs of its bureaucrats, and the official programs promoting the use of Russian in the so-called "near abroad." Gorham explains why glasnost figured as such a critical rhetorical battleground in the political strife that led to the Soviet Union’s collapse and shows why Russians came to deride the newfound freedom of speech of the 1990s as little more than the right to swear in public. He assesses the impact of Medvedev’s role as Blogger-in-Chief and the role Putin’s vulgar speech practices played in the restoration of national pride. And he investigates whether Internet communication and new media technologies have helped to consolidate a more vibrant democracy and civil society or if they serve as an additional resource for the political technologies manipulated by the Kremlin.