Political parties are the fabric of democratic politics. In 1991 a new Russia emerged after seven decades of one-party dictatorship, claiming to be on the road towards democracy. In this volume the authors analyse the many contradictions, dilemmas, and paradoxes of reconstituting free party politics and democratic rule in a severely traumatized country. Frequently from a comparative perspective they deal with a range of topics, from the behaviour of the new parties in parliament, the role of ideology in cementing party organizations, to the character and prospects of the transient Russian party system.
'A very comprehensive, informative and well-ordered volume ... this is a genuinely valuable collection, and is essential reading for anyone who wishes to study seriously the politics of Russia"s emerging and troubled democracy.' - Europe-Asia Studies
'The collection is valuable but will be most appreciated by those able to integrate its analytical diversity within the broader context of the fragmentation of Russian government, the weak rule of law, and escalating political violence.' - Choice
'Of immense help in unearthing the roots of the political parties and in linking them to the forces at work in Russia.' - Frontline