Demokratizatsiya

Journal covering past and current political, economical, social, and legal changes and developments in the Soviet Union and its successor states.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring

Civic Trust and Governance in Armenia
Abstract: Trust is the solid ground for stable development of the government and society. The author reflects on historical research and then presents a study conducted in Armenia in the format of a survey as an attempt to reveal the level of public...
Gorbachev, Lenin, and the Break with Leninism
Abstract: The author examines the paradox of Mikhail Gorbachev's esteem for Lenin in combination with his growing rejection of Leninism. While Gorbachev still held the office of general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, he embraced ideas fundamentally...
Municipal Reform in the Russian Federation and Putin's "Electoral Vertical"
Abstract: To truly assess democratization in Russia we need to study politics not only at the national and regional levels but also at the subregional level. A detailed examination of the implementation of the Federal Law, "On the Principles of Local...
Russia and Central Asia: The Growing Policy Challenges for the International Community
Distinguished speakers and guests, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank Freedom House for inviting me to speak at this important event. Freedom House has well earned its reputation as one of the foremost democracy-promoting organizations in...
"Sovereign Democracy" and Russia's Relations with the European Union
Abstract: This article examines European Union-Russia relations against broader trends in Russian foreign and security policy. It assesses the prospects for a new agreement to replace the EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, analyzes the...
So What Changed? the 1998 Financial Crisis and Russia's Economic and Political Development
Abstract: At the time, the August 1998 financial crisis was described as a watershed in Russia's development. This article looks at the reasons the crisis had a minimal effect on Russia's economy and argues that the political effect of the crisis was...
Victims of a Managed Democracy? Explaining the Electoral Decline of the Yabloko Party
Abstract: Although the declining fortunes of Russia's social-liberal party, Yabloko, can partially be explained by its own failings in key areas, ultimately the marginalization of programmatic opposition, the problems of media access, and the huge...
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