The Political Economy of Russian Regional Governance
By (author) Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
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Local Heroes by Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
Book DescriptionIn Local Heroes, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss analyzes a crucial aspect of one of the great dramas of modern times--the reconstitution of the Russian polity and economy after more than seventy years of communist rule. This is the first book to look comprehensively and systematically at Russia's democratic transition at the local level. Its goal is to explain why some of the new political institutions in the Russian provinces weathered the monumental changes of the early 1990s better than others. Using newly available economic, political, and sociological data to test various theories of democratization and institutional performance, Stoner-Weiss finds that traditional theories are unable to explain variations in regional government performance in Russia. Local Heroes argues that the legacy of the former economic system influenced the operation of new political institutions in important and often unexpected ways. Past institutional structures, specifically the concentration of the regional economy, promoted the formation of political and economic coalitions within a new proto-democratic institutional framework. These coalitions have had positive effects on governmental performance. For democratic theorists, this may be a surprising conclusion. However, it is possible, as Stoner-Weiss suggests, that the needs of democratic development may be different in the short run than in the long run. The "local heroes" of today may be impediments to the further development of democracy tomorrow. This provocative work, solidly grounded in research and theory, will interest anyone concerned with issues of economic and political transition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691092812
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
After the Collapse of Communism, Paperback (June 2010)
This book is a response to the ten-year anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Post-Communist World, Paperback (November 2009)
Examines in depth three waves of democratic change that took place in eleven different former Communist nations.
Resisting the State, Hardback (June 2006)» View all books by Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
This book looks at the issue of governance capability by using post-communist Russia as an example.
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Author Biography - Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
Kathryn Stoner-Weiss is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.
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