The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession

Sakwa, Richard (2010) The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 406 pp. ISBN 978-0-521-76842-9. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The view that Russia has taken a decisive shift towards authoritarianism may be premature, but there is no doubt that its democracy is in crisis. In this original and dynamic analysis of the fundamental processes shaping contemporary Russian politics, Richard Sakwa applies a new model based on the concept of Russia as a dual state. Russia's constitutional state is challenged by an administrative regime that subverts the rule of law and genuine electoral competitiveness. This has created a situation of permanent stalemate: the country is unable to move towards genuine pluralist democracy but, equally, its shift towards full-scale authoritarianism is inhibited. Sakwa argues that the dual state could be transcended either by strengthening the democratic state or by the consolidation of the arbitrary power of the administrative system. The future of the country remains open.

Item Type: Book
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Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40274 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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