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Why Not Parties in Russia?: Democracy, Federalism, and the State Henry E. Hale

Why Not Parties in Russia?: Democracy, Federalism, and the State

Henry E. Hale

Published December 5th 2005
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288 pages
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 About the Book 

Russia poses a major puzzle for theorists of party development. Whereas virtually every classic work takes political parties to be inevitable and essential to democracy, Russia has been dominated by non-partisan politicians ever since communism collapsed. This 2006 book mobilizes fresh public opinion surveys, interviews with leading Russian politicians, careful tracking of multiple campaigns, and analysis of national and regional voting patterns to show why Russia stands out. Russias historically influenced combination of federalism and super-presidentialism, coupled with a post-communist redistribution of resources to regional political machines and oligarchic financial-industrial groups, produced and sustained powerful party-substitutes that have largely squeezed Russias real parties out, damaging Russias democratic development.