Flawed Succession

Flawed Succession : Russia's Power Transfer Crises

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This authoritative volume analyzes the state of Russia's power transfer crises throughout time, taking aim at Russia's unpredictable leadership changes and the consequent crises that result from the absence of a mechanism for legitimate succession. Leading scholars analyze this problem from the power struggles in the Kremlin immediately following Stalin's death to the rise of Putin. Shedding new light on Russia's systemic flaws and resulting instability, this work is essential for practitioners and students of policy, especially as the country reemerges as an international power with a leader who shows disconcerting tendencies to revert to authoritarian and imperial habits.
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  • Hardback | 198 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0739114026
  • 9780739114025

Table of contents

1 Abbreviations 2 Foreword 3 Preface 4 Acknowledgments 5 Part 1:Sic Transit: Stalin's Heirs 6 Part 2: Khrushchev: An Era of Coups 7 Part 3: One of a Kind: The Gorbachev to Yel'tsin Transition 8 Part 4: The 18th Brumaire of Vladimir Putin 9 Epilogue
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As the four case studies in this excellent volume demonstrate, a key obstacle to Russia's political development has been and remains a struggle for power among Soviet and now Russian political elites that has subverted the development of stable and effective state institutions and resulted in the rule of men not the rule of law... While this book is fascinating 'inside baseball' for a student of Russian politics, it also raises larger questions for thought about the underlying dynamics of Russia's political development. The Russian Review
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About Robert Conquest

Uri Ra'anan is professor of international relations and director for the Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology, and Policy at Boston University. He is also an associate of the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University.
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