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Economic autonomy and democracy : hybrid regimes in Russia and Kyrgyzstan /
Kelly M. McMann.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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xv, 259 p.
ISBN
0521857619
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
isbn
0521857619
contents note
Capitalism, democracy, and economic autonomy -- The concept of economic autonomy -- Measurement of democracy -- Activism under the state's thumb -- Illustrations of economic autonomy -- Hybrid regimes.
catalogue key
5937417
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Kelly McMann is a star in the new generation of specialists who are reshaping our understanding of Eurasian politics. McMann's formidable expertise in both the Slavic and Central Asian parts of the former Soviet Union, as well as her impressive grasp of big issues such as the relationship between economic reform and civic participation, help make "Economic Autonomy and Democracy" an important contribution to the literatures on comparative political economy and post-Soviet politics. The book's focus on the relationship between the citizen and the state is especially welcome, and yields a wealth of insights that will advance our understanding of how economic relationships affect political life." M. Steven Fish, University of California, Berkeley
"Kelly McMann's comparative study of the political economy of transition in Russia and Kyrgyzstan reminds us of two key points that are usually overlooked in analyses of democratic transitions. One is that, in the final and perhaps first analysis, "the transition" is a local process, and one that is, as a result, extraordinarily variable within states. The other is that authentic democracy requires the liberation of politics from economics in the particular sense that citizens should be able to participate in politics without fear of economic retribution." Valerie Bunce, Cornell University
"Kelly M. McCann's work is a welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on democracy and democratization with the discussion of a new form of government, namely the hybrid regime." - Elizabeth Fromgen, Hastings College
Review of the hardback: 'The strength of this study lies rather on the firsthand and close-grained examination that it undertakes of the relationship, based on periods of fieldwork in both societies and on more than 200 interviews with activists as well as a wide range of other sources.' Europe-Asia Studies
'The strength of this study lies rather on the firsthand and close-grained examination that it undertakes of the relationship, based on periods of fieldwork in both societies and on more than 200 interviews with activists as well as a wide range of other sources.' Europe-Asia Studies
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In deciding whether to exercise their democratic rights, individuals first consider if they can risk government harassment at their workplaces. Colorful accounts of activists' decisions and government harassment in Russia and Kyrgyzstan and examples from around the world illustrate this argument.
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In deciding whether to exercise their democratic rights, individuals first consider if they can risk government harassment at their workplaces. In this 2006 book, colorful accounts of activists' decisions and government harassment in Russia and Kyrgyzstan and examples from around the world illustrate this argument.
Main Description
How do individuals decide to exercise their democratic rights? This 2006 book argues that they first assess their economic autonomy, meaning their ability to make a living independent of government authorities. Before individuals consider whether their resources and organizational abilities are adequate to act on their interests, they calculate the risk of political activism to their livelihood. This is particularly evident in regions of the world where states monopolize the economy and thus can readily harass activists at their workplaces. Economic autonomy links capitalism and democracy through individuals' calculations about activism. Accounts of activists' decisions about establishing independent media, leading political organizations, and running for office and descriptions of government harassment in Russia and Kyrgyzstan, along with examples from most regions of the world, illustrate these arguments. Economic autonomy and the interaction among democratic rights help explain the global proliferation of hybrid regimes, governments that display both democratic and authoritarian characteristics.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. viii
List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Notes on Transliterationp. xv
Capitalism, Democracy, and Economic Autonomyp. 1
The Concept of Economic Autonomyp. 28
Measurement of Democracyp. 44
Activism under the State's Thumbp. 69
Illustrations of Economic Autonomyp. 138
Hybrid Regimesp. 174
Description of Surveysp. 185
Alternative Explanationsp. 201
List of Interviewsp. 218
Measurement of Eight Guarantees of Democracyp. 220
Referencesp. 231
Indexp. 251
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