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Russia's liberal project : state-society relations in the transition from communism
Beck, Marcia A., 1958-
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University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2000.
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xvi, 508 pages.
Post-Communist cultural studies
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Post-Communist cultural studies
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Russia's Liberal Project analyzes the demise of Communism in Soviet Russia and the effort to establish a liberal democracy in post-Communist Russia as part of a single decade-long project of institutionalizing political liberalism. This project involves the formation of a civil society, the consolidation of a multiparty parliamentary system, the construction of an effective state structure built on liberal principles, and the formation of a post-Communist political culture.

Revealing the dynamic among these four components of the project, Weigle shows that, in the absence of a well-connected civil society, an effective political party system, and a liberal political culture, the Russian state was charged with establishing the foundations of a post-Communist liberal democracy. Although liberal institutions have been tentatively established, the weak social and cultural supports for the state-led transition threaten the future success of Russia's liberal project.

Table of Contents

Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1 The Building Blocks of the Liberal Model: Civil Society, Political Society, the State, Political Culturep. 27
2 The Emergence of Civil Society in Soviet Russia: Liberalization from Above to Liberalism from Belowp. 75
3 Political Society in Soviet Russia, 1985-1991: Between National Unity and Political Pluralismp. 141
4 State Formation in Postcommunist Russia: Institutions and Social Bases of Supportp. 199
5 Postcommunist Political Society: Institutions Shaping Behaviorp. 275
6 Postcommunist Civil Society: From Demobilization to Remobilizationp. 333
7 Liberal Theory and Russian Political Culture: Social Liberalism or Leveling Collectivism?p. 381
Toward a Conclusionp. 461
Bibliographyp. 465
Indexp. 501