Presidential Power in Russia

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M.E. Sharpe, Jan 1, 1999 - Political Science - 295 pages
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This is the first major assessment of the role of the presidency in Russia's difficult transition from communist rule. Huskey analyzes the establishment and functioning of the Russian presidency as an institution and in relation to the other leading institutions of state: the government, parliament, courts, and regional authorities. Although this is not a biography of the first president, Boris Yeltsin, his allies, and his rivals loom large in the study of a critical phase in the creation of a new Russian political system.
  

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This book is the authoritative word on the Russian presidency through the country's transition from communism. Huskey presents an extremely well-researched, thorough analysis of the constitutional vs. political institution of presidential power in Russia. It builds a solid foundation for observers to understand what we see now in the Putin era of Russian politics. This is a must-read for anyone in the field of Russian studies. 

Contents

The Making of the Russian Presidency
12
The Institutional Presidency
43
President and Prime Minister
98
The Presidency and Parliament
163
The Presidency and the Provinces
183
Conclusion
212
Selected Bibliography
281
About the Author
297
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About the author (1999)

Eugene Huskey is professor of political science and director of Russian Studies at Stetson University.