When Majorities Fail: The Russian Parliament, 1990-1993

When Majorities Fail: The Russian Parliament, 1990-1993

When Majorities Fail: The Russian Parliament, 1990-1993

When Majorities Fail: The Russian Parliament, 1990-1993

Synopsis

This study of institutional failure in Russia's first democratic legislature claims that inadequate rules and a chaotic party system combined to make it nearly impossible for the legislature to pass a coherent legislative program, including a new constitution. It studies a peculiar form of chaos; cycling; that can exist in majority rule institutions when institutional rules are weak. It identifies cycling in an important institutional setting--the Russian national legislature--and shows that poor institutional design has important consequences for the consolidation of democracy in transitional countries.
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