Building an Authoritarian Polity: Russia in Post-Soviet by Graeme Gill

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By Graeme Gill

Graeme Gill exhibits why post-Soviet Russia has did not in achieving the democratic final result commonly anticipated on the time of the autumn of the Soviet Union, as a substitute rising as an authoritarian polity. He argues that the choices of dominant elites were crucial to the development of an authoritarian polity, and explains how this happened in 4 components of regime-building: the connection with the population, the manipulation of the electoral method, the interior constitution of the regime itself, and how the political elite has been stabilised. rather than the typical 'Yeltsin is a democrat, Putin an autocrat' paradigm, this booklet indicates how Putin outfitted upon the principles that Yeltsin had laid. It bargains a brand new framework for the examine of an authoritarian political process, and is consequently appropriate not only to Russia yet to many different authoritarian polities.

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