The Politics of Transition

The Politics of Transition : Shaping a Post-Soviet Future

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The Soviet system has undergone a dramatic transformation: from communist monopoly to multiparty politics, from marxism to competing values, from centralisation to fragmentation, and from state ownership to a mixed economy. This book, by three of the West's leading scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet affairs, traces the politics of transition in the late 1980s and early 1990s from its origins to its uncertain post-communist future. The authors analyse the full impact of transition on official and popular values, central and local political institutions, the post-Soviet republics, the CPSU and the parties which replaced it, and political communication. Detailed but clearly and accessibly written, The Politics of Transition provides an ideal guide to the changes that have been taking place in the politics of the newly-independent nations that together constitute a sixth of the world's land surface.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 21mm | 590g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0521440947
  • 9780521440943

Table of contents

1. Beyond marxism; 2. Reforming the electoral system; 3. Structures of government; 4. The presidency and central government; 5. From union to independence; 6. Patterns of republic and local politics; 7. The withering away of the party; 8. The emergence of competitive politics; 9. The politics of economic interests; 10. Public opinion and the political process; 11. Letters and political communication; 12. The Soviet transition and 'democracy from above'.
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" informative, academic resource, drawing significantly on the newly vigorous Soviet press." Publishers Weekly "The clear and concise exposition makes this volume accessible to students as well as scholars. It is an excellent introduction for any scholar unfamiliar with this period. It may be appropriate for advanced undergraduates in a course giving close attention to this period of profound change. Because each essay can stand alone, both teachers and scholars will find this volume valuable as a quick introduction, reference and refresher on each of its topics." Philip G. Roeder, Slavic Review
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