3rd Edition

Russian Politics and Society

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ISBN 9780415227520
Published May 13, 2002 by Routledge
560 Pages

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Book Description

Sakwa's Russian Politics and Society is the most comprehensive study of Russia's post-communist political development. It has, since its first publication in 1993, become an indispensable guide for all those who need to know about the current political scene in Russia, about the country's political stability and about the future of democracy under its post-communist leadership. This is the ideal introductory textbook: it covers all the key issues; it is clearly written; and it includes the most up-to-date material available. For this third edition, Sakwa has updated the text throughout to include details of Yeltsin's second term and the impact on Russian politics of the rise of his successor, Vladimir Putin. It also contains a substantially expanded bibliography and appendices showing election results, chronology, social and demographic figures and recent census data.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Fall of Communism and the Rebirth of Russia Part 2: Political Institutions and Processes Part 3: Federalism, Regionalism and Nationalism Part 4: Economy and Society Part 5: Foreign Policies Part 6: Dilemmas of Democratisation

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Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is the author of Soviet Politics: An Introduction and of Gorbachev and His Reforms 1985-1990; in addition, he has edited Ruslan Khasbulatov's The Struggle for Russia.


'Should be on the shelf of anyone seeking to make heads or tails of the problems of Yeltsin's Russia.' - The Guardian

'The most comprehensive and detailed analysis and assessment of post-Soviet Russian politics to be found in a single volume. No student can afford to miss it.' - Journal of Area Studies

'Recognised as one of the most comprehensive and indispensable guides to contemporary Russian politics since it was first published in 1993, this third edition provides a thoroughly updated and expanded text to include the end of Yeltsin's government and his replacement by Vladimir Putin.' - KnowEurope