In Search Of Pluralism: Soviet And Post-soviet Politics

1st Edition

Carol R. Saivetz

Routledge
Published June 7, 2019
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9780367009045 - CAT# K403335

USD$159.95

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Summary

Building innovatively on Western social-science theory and on older models of Soviet politics, the authors review recent changes in the former USSR in order to assess the prospects there for democratic pluralism. Chapters focus on the first competitive elections, the new legislative bodies at state and local levels, and the newly freed press, exploring the extent to which these institutions can be described as democratic or pluralistic. Other chapters trace the complex linkages between a plurality of political-economic interests—explaining why Russian labor, government, and business may be moving toward a corporatist coalition and how political activists' sharply divergent attitudes toward the state and property keep them from forming a broad-based party. Although it is difficult in this period of dramatic flux to predict the future, these thought-provoking analyses will provide a deeper understanding of the transformations under way and will stimulate further exploration.

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