Russia and Eurasia

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Azerbaijan's 2005 Parliamentary Elections: A Failed Attempt at Transition

September 2008

The 2005 elections in Azerbaijan qualify as a failed transition from authoritarianism to democracy.

International Actors, Democratization, and the Rule of Law: Anchoring Democracy?

July 2008

Do external factors facilitate or hamper domestic democratic development?

The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World

January 2008

In his new book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books 2008), Larry Diamond intensely scrutinizes the global effort on democracy promotion....

Myth of the Authoritarian Model, The

January 2008

A growing conventional wisdom holds that Vladimir Putin's attack on democracy has brought Russia stability and prosperity -- providing a new model of successful market authoritarianism.

Ukraine Imports Democracy

October 2007

The United States and the European Union spend roughly $1.5 billion per year on democracy promotion, but how effective are such external efforts?

Constructing Self-Enforcing Federalism in the Early United States and Modern Russia

April 2007

All federal systems face the two fundamental dilemmas of federalism: too strong a center risks overawing the subnational units; and too weak a center risks free-riding that makes the system fall...

Liberal Is as Liberal Does

March 2007

This article responds to the "Russian Enigma," a series of essays that ran in the November/December 2006 issue of The American Interest.

Capital Account Liberalization, the Cost of Capital, and Economic Growth

January 2007

Capital account liberalization was once seen as an inevitable step along the path to economic development for poor countries.

The Russian Republic

December 2006

The third volume of The Cambridge History of Russia provides an authoritative political, intellectual, social and cultural history of the trials and triumphs of Russia and the Soviet Union during...

Revolution in Orange: The Origins of Ukraine's Democratic Breakthrough

December 2006

The dramatic series of protests and political events that unfolded in Ukraine in the fall of 2004--the "Orange Revolution"--were seminal both for Ukrainian history and the history of...

Russia's No Democracy? So What?

December 2006

Vladimir Putin's autocratic regime is bad news...for Russia and the United States.

Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia

August 2006

Why do new, democratizing states often find it so difficult to actually govern?

Contagion Deterred: Preemptive Authoritarianism in the Former Soviet Union (the Case of Belarus)

June 2006

The wave of democratic electoral revolutions in the Eastern Europe and post-Communist Eurasia revived one of the most appealing and at the same time disputable arguments in the theory of...

Europeanization without Decommunization: A Case of Elite Conversion

June 2006

After its spectacular 1989 'televised Revolution,' Romania has spent most of its political transition struggling with its own past.

Pigs, Wolves and the Evolution of Post-Soviet Competitive Authoritarianism, 1992-2005

June 2006

This paper explores the sources of both autocratic breakdown and democratization in the context of the six post-Soviet countries that emerged as competitive authoritarian between 1990 and 1995:...

When the Wave Hits a Shoal: The Internal and External Dimensions of Russia's Turn Away from Democracy

May 2006

When Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia in March 2000, the country bequeathed to him by his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, was an unconsolidated, often disorderly and raucous electoral...

Sovereign Democracy and Shrinking Political Space

April 2006

Several years ago, Kremlin public relations specialists coined the term "managed democracy" to describe the unique features of Russia's evolving political system.

Political Transitions: Democracy and the Former Soviet Union

April 2006

The defeat of the Aug 1991 coup attempt in Moscow marked one of the most euphoric moments in Russian history.

Regime Vulnerability and Popular Mobilization in Georgia's Rose Revolution

April 2006

The state-based factor was the regime's extreme vulnerability to electoral loss or pressure: an astonishingly diverse set of indicators suggested that the government was going to lose a fair vote...

Russian Resilience as a Great Power

January 2006

Two political scientists comment on Thomas Ambrosio's The Geopoliticsof Demographic Decay: HIV/AIDS and Russia's Great-Power Status (Post-SovietAffairs, 22, 1, January-March 2006).

Understanding the Resource Curse

December 2005

In most resource-rich countries, natural wealth does not translate into prosperity for the majority of inhabitants, but instead leads to environmental and economic devastation, and hampers...

Putin as a State-Builder

December 2005

If Vladimir Putin were to be asked whether he has been performing as an effective state-builder during the almost five years of his presidency, he would surely reply in the affirmative.

Constitutional Roulette: The Russian Parliament's Battles with the President Over Appointing a Prime Minister

December 2005

This Article seeks to examine the constitutional powers of the Russian presidency and parliament over the nomination of the prime minister in closer detail.

Policy Coherence and Incoherence: The Domestic Politics of American Democracy Promotion

December 2005

This paper argues that it is difficult to understand the effects of American democracy promotion abroad without examining the bureaucratic context from which the policy emerges at home.