The Politics of Transition: Shaping a Post-Soviet Future

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 27, 1993 - History - 277 pages
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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, post-Soviet republics, the CPSU and the parties which replaced it, and political participation. A final chapter considers the problematic nature of this form of 'democracy from above'. 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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Contents

Beyond Marxism
1
Reforming the electoral system
20
Structures of government
39
The Presidency and central government
60
From union to independence
79
Patterns of republic and local politics
98
The withering away of the party
117
The emergence of competitive politics
140
The politics of economic interests
164
Public opinion and the political process
178
Letters and political communication
193
The Soviet transition and democracy from above
212
Index
274
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Stephen White is the James Bryce Professor of Politics, a Senior Research Associate of the School of Central and East European Studies at Glasgow University, and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Applied Politics in Moscow. White graduated from Trinity College Dublin with degrees in history and political science, and then completed a PhD in Soviet studies at Glasgow - including an exchange year at Moscow State University - and a DPhil in politics at Wolfson College Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010. Stephen White is the author of numerous articles and books on Soviet and Russian politics.

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