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Building The Russian State

Institutional Crisis And The Quest For Democratic Governance, 1st Edition

By Valerie Sperling


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Has the Russian state managed to lay the institutional groundwork for long-term stability and democratic governance? In Building the Russian State, Valerie Sperling assembles a group of cutting-edge scholars to critically assess the crises in Russia's transitional institutions. Part I of the book shows that Russia's political elites are less focuse

Table of Contents

Part I The Elite: Ruling in Whose Interests?, 1 The "Use and Abuse" of Russia's Energy Resources: Implications for State-Society Relations, 2 Do the People Rule? The Use of Referenda in Russia, 3 The Divided Russian Elite: How Russia's Transition Produced a Counter-Elite, Part II The State: Weak Institutions and Crumbling Capacity, 4 Is the Russian State Coping with Organized Crime and Corruption?, 5 State Dysfunctionality, Institutional Decay, and the Russian Military, 6 Is the Center Too Weak or Too Strong in the Russian Federation?, 7 Liberal Transformation: Labor and the Russian State, 8 The Executive Deception: Superpresidentialism and the Degradation of Russian Politics, 9 Russian Courts: Enforcing the Rule of Law?, 10 Stability from Without? International Donors and "Good Governance" Strategies in Russia

About the Author

Valerie Sperling is an assistant professor of government and international relations at Clark University, and she is an Associate at the Davis centre for Russian Studies, Harvard University.

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