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The politics of transition : shaping a post-Soviet future /
Stephen White, Graeme Gill, Darrell Slider.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
description
x, 277 p.
ISBN
0521446341 (pbk.) 0521440947
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
isbn
0521446341 (pbk.) 0521440947
catalogue key
3403001
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 230-273) and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-08-30:
Three Sovietologists collaborate on a detailed look at the transformation and ultimate dissolution of the Soviet Union, concentrating on the years 1988-1991. Though the book suffers somewhat from its general avoidance of the Yeltsin era and the struggles of newly independent republics, it is an informative academic resource, drawing significantly on the newly vigorous Soviet press. Exploring the decline of Marxism, the authors note that, due to a rapidly declining living standard, Russians were far less optimistic than their Eastern European counterparts that a post-communist economic system would help them materially. The authors analyze the Soviet electoral system, including innovative proposals to make elections more competitive, such as proportional representation of ethnic minorities, and trace the burgeoning civil and political society, including trade unions, popular fronts and new attention to public opinion. The authors warn that ``democracy from above,'' created by legislative enactment, cannot succeed until the entire society grows a new democratic culture of politics. White teaches at the University of Glasgow, Gill at the University of Sydney and Slider at the University of South Florida. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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"...an 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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This book, written by three of the West's leading scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet affairs, traces the politics of Soviet transition in the late 1980s and early 1990s from its origins to its uncertain post-communist future. It provides an ideal guide for students and specialists to the changes from a communist to a post-communist world.
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This book 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 of official and popular values, central and local political institutions, post-Soviet republics, the CPSU and the parties which replaced it, and political participation.
Description for Bookstore
Written by three of the West's leading scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet affairs, this survey traces the politics of transition in the late 1980s and early 1990s, from its origins to its uncertain post-communist future,
Description for Library
This book, written 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. Detailed but clearly and accessibly written, The Politics of Transition provides an ideal guide for students and specialists 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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Beyond marxism
Reforming the electoral system
Structures of government
The presidency and central government
From union to independence
Patterns of republic and local politics
The withering away of the party
The emergence of competitive politics
The politics of economic interests
Public opinion and the political process
Letters and political communication
The Soviet transition and 'democracy from above'
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