Building the Russian State by Valerie Sperling
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Building the Russian State
By Valerie Sperling

Building the Russian State

Institutional Crisis and the Quest for Democratic Governance

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Building the Russian State by Valerie Sperling

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Has the Russian state managed to lay the institutional groundwork for long-term stability and democratic governance? In Building the Russian State, Valerie Sperling assembles a group of cutting-edge scholars to critically assess the crises in Russia's transitional institutions. Part I of the book shows that Russia's political elites are less focused on serving public interests than on enriching themselves, and examines how these elites are ruling Russia. Part II focuses on the growth of organized crime, the decay of the military, the precariousness of the Russian Federation, the weakness of the labor movement, the corruption of the courts, the challenges facing international reformers, and the authoritarianism of the super-presidential political system. By focusing on the challenges, failures, and occasional successes of the Russian political system, this volume offers upper-level undergraduates and other scholars valuable insight into post-Soviet politics, state-building, and transitions to democracy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813338057
ISBN-10: 0813338050
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Valerie Sperling

Valerie Sperling is an assistant professor of government and international relations at Clark University, and she is an Associate at the Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University.

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