The Communist Party in Post-Soviet Russia

The Communist Party in Post-Soviet Russia

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The focus of this book is the origin and development of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), now Russia 's largest and most influential party, and the largest non-ruling communist party in the world today. Drawing on extensive original and primary research, March details the ideology, organisation and activity of a political phenomenon which has as yet received little in-depth analysis and over which there is currently little scholarly consensus. The study analyses the CPRF 's evolution in the context of post-Soviet political developments and makes comparisons with other Eastern European countries where left-wing parties have made strong comebacks, and shows that the party has helped stabilise the Russian political system, and argues that common perceptions of it as anti-democratic are vastly oversimplified.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 19.05mm | 408.23g
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0719060443
  • 9780719060441

Table of contents

1. The CPRF's emergence as the dominant successor party 2. A broad church: the CPRF's ideological currents 3. Programmatic evolution 4. Evaluating the CPRF's ideology: backwards to socialism? 5. Organisational development and membership 6. Electoral ascent 1993-96 7. Electoral decline 1996-2001? 8. The CPRF and the political system Conclusion
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About Annette Musker

Luke March is Lecturer in Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics at the University of Edinburgh
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