Popular Choice and Managed Democracy
The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000
AUTHOR: Colton, Timothy J. and McFaul, Michael
PUBLISHER: Brookings Institution Press
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Twice 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 #65533;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 #65533;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.
PUBLICATION DATE: 11/4/2003
CATEGORY: Political Science