The Politics of Transition: Shaping a Post-Soviet Future




Author: Graeme Gill, Stephen White, Darrell Slider
Type: eBook
Date Released: 1993
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 288
Isbn10 Code: 0521440947
Isbn13 Code: 9780511521638


From Publishers Weekly Three Sovietologists collaborate on a detailed look at the transformation and ultimate dissolution of the Soviet Union, concentrating on the years 1988-1991. Though the book suffers somewhat from its general avoidance of the Yeltsin era and the struggles of newly independent republics, it is an informative academic resource, drawing significantly on the newly vigorous Soviet press. Exploring the decline of Marxism, the authors note that, due to a rapidly declining living standard, Russians were far less optimistic than their Eastern European counterparts that a post-communist economic system would help them materially. The authors analyze the Soviet electoral system, including innovative proposals to make elections more competitive, such as proportional representation of ethnic minorities, and trace the burgeoning civil and political society, including trade unions, popular fronts and new attention to public opinion. The authors warn that "democracy from above," created by legislative enactment, cannot succeed until the entire society grows a new democratic culture of politics. White teaches at the University of Glasgow, Gill at the University of Sydney and Slider at the University of South Florida. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review "...an informative, academic resource, drawing significantly on the newly vigorous Soviet press." Publishers Weekly "The clear and concise exposition makes this volume accessible to students as well as scholars. It is an excellent introduction for any scholar unfamiliar with this period. It may be appropriate for advanced undergraduates in a course giving close attention to this period of profound change. Because each essay can stand alone, both teachers and scholars will find this volume valuable as a quick introduction, reference and refresher on each of its topics." Philip G. Roeder, Slavic Review

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