This pathbreaking book provides a cross-national exploration of legislative politics in the democratizing societies of Russia, Ukraine, the former Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. Distinguished specialists in legislative politics and area studies set the post-Soviet legislatures in the perspective of democratic and democratizing legislatures elsewhere
Table of Contents
Introduction: Parliamentary Elections and the Transition from Communism -- The New Political Leadership of Central Europe: The Example of the New Hungarian National Assembly -- Professional Engagement and Role Definition Among Post-Soviet Legislators -- Political Cleavages in Yaroslavl Politics -- The Sundered State: Federalism and Parliament in Czechoslovakia -- Voting Behavior in the Ukrainian Parliament: The Language Factor -- Transitional Institutions and Parliamentary Alignments in Russia 1990–1993 -- Political Cleavages Among the Russian Deputies -- The Current Crisis -- Conclusion: Partisan Competition and Democratic Stability
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.