Resisting the State
Reform and Retrenchment in Post-soviet Russia
By (author) Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
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Resisting the State by Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
Book DescriptionWhy do new, democratizing states often find it so difficult to actually govern? Why do they so often fail to provide their beleaguered populations with better access to public goods and services? Using original and unusual data, this book uses post-communist Russia as a case in examining what the author calls this broader 'weak state syndrome' in many developing countries. Through interviews with over 800 Russian bureaucrats in 72 of Russia's 89 provinces, and a highly original database on patterns of regional government non-compliance to federal law and policy, the book demonstrates that resistance to Russian central authority not so much ethnically based (as others have argued) as much as generated by the will of powerful and wealthy regional political and economic actors seeking to protect assets they had acquired through Russia's troubled transition out of communism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521824637
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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.
Local Heroes, Paperback (April 2002)» View all books by Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
Analyzes the reconstitution of the Russian polity. This book looks at Russia's democratic transition at the local level. It explains why some of the political institutions in the Russian provinces weathered the monumental changes of the early 1990s better than others.
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Author Biography - Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
Kathryn Stoner-Weiss is Associate Director and Senior Research Associate at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University. Previously she taught in the Department of Politics at Princeton University for nine years before coming to Stanford. At Princeton, she was awarded the Ralph O. Glendinning Preceptorship for outstanding junior faculty. She was also a fellow at the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. Professor Stoner-Weiss is the co-editor of After the Collapse of Communism: Comparative Lessons of Transition (with Michael McFaul, Cambridge University Press, 2004) and the author of Local Heroes: The Political Economy of Russian Regional Governance (1997), in addition to many articles and book chapters on contemporary Russia.
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