The idea for this book was conceived at a conference held at Emory University in April 1993, which brought together specialists in legislative politics and in the politics of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union who shared an interest in the emergent legislatures of the former communist sphere. The revised papers presented in this book provide the first cross-national assessment of the development of parliamentary politics in the region.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments -- 1 Introduction: Parliamentary Elections and the Transition from Communism/Thomas F. Remington -- 2 The New Political Leadership of Central Europe: The Example of the New Hungarian National Assembly/Gerhard Loewenberg -- 3 Professional Engagement and Role Definition Among Post-Soviet Legislators/Timothy J. Colton -- 4 Political Cleavages in Yaroslavl Politics/ferry F. Hough -- 5 The Sundered State: Federalism and Parliament in Czechoslovakia/David M. Olson -- 6 Voting Behavior in the Ukrainian Parliament: The Language Factor/Dominique Arel 1 -- 7 Transitional Institutions and Parliamentary Alignments in Russia, 1990-1993/Thomas F. Remington, Steven S. Smith, D. Roderick Kiewiet and Moshe Haspel -- 8 Political Cleavages Among the Russian Deputies/Alexander Sobyanin -- 9 Conclusion: Partisan Competition and Democratic Stability/Thomas F. Remington -- About the Contributors -- About the Book -- Index.
Thomas F. Remington is Professor of Political Science at Emory University. Among his publications are Politics and the Soviet System (1989); The Truth of Authority: Ideology and Communication in the Soviet Union (1988); Building Socialism in Bolshevik Russia: Ideology and Industrial Organization, 1917–1921 (1984); and, with Frederick C. Barghoorn, Politics in the USSR (1986). He has published numerous books and articles dealing with Soviet and post-Soviet politics. His most recent research focuses on the new Russian legislative branch.