Russia's Liberal Project: State-Society Relations in the Transition from Communism

Synopsis

Defining liberalism as the broadly defined political theory based on the institutionalization of individual and civil rights; the self-organization of society; and the limitation of the power of the state in political, economic, and social life, the author analyzes the demise of communism in Soviet Russia and the attempt to consolidate democracy in post-Soviet Russia as part of a single project to institutionalize the foundations of political liberalism. After separately examining civil society, political society, postcommunist state formation, and political culture, she argues for viewing social processes in Russia as displaying the continuity of a real liberal project that began with the Gorbachev regime and, while still weak, continues today.

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