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Can democracy take root in post-Soviet Russia? : explorations in state-society relations
Eckstein, Harry.
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Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [1998]

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xi, 420 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Congruence theory explained / Congruence theory applied : democratization in Russia / Dynamics of state-society relations in post-Soviet Russia ; Democratic theories and authority patterns in contemporary Russian politics / Congruence theory as a perspective on Russian politics ; Survey research and authority patterns in contemporary Russia / Political culture, authority patterns, and the architecture of the new Russian democracy / Transitions from communism : state-centered approaches / Transitions from communism : putting society in its place / Lessons for the "third wave" from the first : an essay on democratization / Does the public matter for democratization in Russia? what we have learned from "third wave" transitions and public opinion surveys / State-society relations in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia / Russia and the conditions of democracy
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Exploring the dynamics of state-society relations in post-Soviet Russia, noted scholars examine the nature of authority patterns within and between state and society. The authors explain congruence theory and employ it to interpret contemporary Russian politics. With its strong theoretical orientation, this pathbreaking volume raises new issues in the study of post-communist politics and, from the unifying perspective of congruence theory, provides a range of views on these hotly contested issues.

Author Notes

Harry Eckstein is professor emeritus of political science, the University of California, Irvine. Frederic J. Fleron, Jr., is professor of political science, State University of New York, Buffalo. Erik P. Hoffmann is professor of political science, State University of New York, Albany. William M. Reisinger is professor of political science, University of Iowa.

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As the title indicates, this book explores whether or not democracy can become institutionalized in Russia. The various contributors use congruence theory to make their assessment. The volume begins with a detailed explanation of congruence theory, followed by several articles that refer back to the theory to evaluate Russia's transition to democracy. Despite this similarity, the contributors differ in the extent to which they stress either a state-centered or society-centered approach. In general, application of congruence theory leads to a pessimistic conclusion regarding the likelihood of the institutionalization of democracy in Russia. All of the contributors do an excellent job of integrating theory with the current transition process in Russia. Their thoughts may be applicable in assessing the success of the transition elsewhere. This study will be accessible to upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. K. Brennan; Ouachita Baptist University

Table of Contents

Gabriel A. AlmondFrederic J. Fleron Jr.Harry EcksteinFrederic J. Fleron Jr.Erik P. HoffmannErik P. HoffmannWilliam M. ReisingerWilliam M. ReisingerRussell BovaPhilip G. RoederWilliam M. ReisingerHarry EcksteinFrederic J. Fleron Jr. and Richard AhlErik P. HoffmannHarry Eckstein
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
I. Introduction
1. Congruence Theory Explainedp. 3
2. Congruence Theory Applied: Democratization in Russiap. 35
3. The Dynamics of State--Society Relations in Post-Soviet Russiap. 69
II. Theory and Method
4. Democratic Theories and Authority Patterns in Contemporary Russian Politicsp. 105
5. Congruence Theory as a Perspective on Russian Politicsp. 151
6. Survey Research and Authority Patterns in Contemporary Russiap. 163
III. State-Centered versus Society-Centered Approaches
7. Political Culture, Authority Patterns, and the Architecture of the New Russian Democracyp. 177
8. Transitions from Communism: State-Centered Approachesp. 201
9. Transitions from Communism: Putting Society in Its Placep. 229
IV. Political Inclusion
10. Lessons for the "Third Wave" from the First: An Essay on Democratizationp. 249
11. Does the Public Matter for Democratization in Russia? What We Have Learned from "Third Wave" Transitions and Public Opinion Surveysp. 287
V. Conclusion
12. State--Society Relations in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russiap. 331
13. Russia and the Conditions of Democracyp. 349
Bibliographyp. 383
Indexp. 411
About the Authorsp. 419