Popular Choice and Managed Democracy
The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000
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Popular Choice and Managed Democracy by Timothy J. Colton
Book DescriptionTwice in the winter of 1999-2000, citizens of the Russian Federation flocked to their neighborhood voting stations and scratched their ballots in an atmosphere of uncertainty, rancor, and fear. This book is a tale of these two elections --one for the 450-seat Duma, the other for President. Despite financial crisis, a national security emergency in Chechnya, and cabinet instability, Russian voters unexpectedly supported the status quo. The elected lawmakers prepared to cooperate with the executive branch, a gift that had eluded President Boris Yeltsin since he imposed a post-Soviet constitution by referendum in 1993. When Yeltsin retired six months in advance of schedule, the presidential mantle went to Vladimir Putin --a career KGB officer who fused new and old ways of doing politics. Putin was easily elected President in his own right. This book demonstrates key trends in an extinct superpower, a troubled country in whose stability, modernization, and openness to the international community the West still has a huge stake.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815715351
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Brookings Institution
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Timothy J. Colton
Russia, Hardback (October 2016)
A thorough exploration of Russia's rich history and an extensive account of the far-reaching changes surging through the country today.
Yeltsin, Paperback (May 2008)
A major reassessment of one of the most important-and complex-political figures of the modern age
Transitional Citizens, Paperback (August 2000)» View all books by Timothy J. Colton
Subjects obey. Citizens choose. This text looks at the empowered citizens of Russia's protodemocracy facing choices at the ballot box that, under dictatorial rule, they could not have dreamt of.
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Author Biography - Timothy J. Colton
Timothy J. Colton is professor of government and Russian studies in the Department of Government and director of the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University, M. His previous books include Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (Harvard, 1995), named best book in government and political science 1995 by the Association of American Publishers. Michael McFaul is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, Washington, D.C, USA, the Peter and Helen Bing senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and an associate professor of political science at Stanford University, California, USA. A prolific author, he is one of the world's leading specialists on democracy development in the former Soviet states.
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