Between Dictatorship and Democracy by Michael McFaul
Russian Post-Communist Political Reform

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For hundreds of years, dictators have ruled Russia. Do they still? In the late 1980s, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev launched a series of political reforms that eventually allowed for competitive elections, the emergence of an independent press, the formation of political parties, and the sprouting of civil society. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, these proto-democratic institutions endured in an independent Russia. But did the processes unleashed by Gorbachev and continued under Russian President Boris Yeltsin lead eventually to liberal democracy in Russia? If not, what kind of political regime did take hold in post-Soviet Russia? And how has Vladimir Putin's rise to power influenced the course of democratic consolidation or the lack thereof? Between Dictatorship and Democracy seeks to give a comprehensive answer to these fundamental questions about the nature of Russian politics.


About Michael McFaul

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Michael McFaul is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, the Peter and Helen Bing senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and an associate professor of political science at Stanford University. A prolific author, he is one of the world's leading specialists on democracy development in the former Soviet states. Nikolay Petrov is a scholar-in-residence and chairs the Carnegie Moscow Center's Society and Regions Program.He is also a senior research associate with the Institute of Geography at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Andrei Ryabov is cochair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
Published March 23, 2004 by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 364 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, History, Travel. Non-fiction