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. 13, No. 3, Summer

Federalism and Electoral Authoritarianism under Putin
Abstract: Throughout its short history, federal relations in Russia have been dominated by extra-legal political and economic relations rather than constitutionalism and the rule of law. The Russian Federation's unique blend of constitutional, socioeconomic,...
Orthodox Christianity, Civil Society, and Russian Democracy
Abstract: Scholars have identified numerous obstacles that appear to stand in the way of democracy taking root in Russia, including the country's religious heritage. In an attempt to understand the role of Orthodoxy in Russian society more accurately,...
Orthodoxy and Global Pluralism
Abstract: As scholars become more aware of the importance of religion in world affairs, several have begun to ask whether specific religious traditions are compatible with the institutions and values of liberal democracy. With approximately 350 million...
Post-Soviet Azerbaijan: Transition to Sultanistic Semiauthoritarianism? an Attempt at Conceptualization
Abstract: The hybrid regimes comprise the majority of contemporary political constellations. However, the hybrid regime paradigm does not account for the diversity among these regimes. Drawing on the case of post-Soviet Azerbaijan, the present study...
The Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan: A Case Study in Economic Liberalization, Intraelite Cleavage, and Political Opposition
Abstract: This article departs from recent scholarship on Central Asia, which emphasizes the role of clans and regional identity in driving political outcomes. In Kazakhstan, elite cleavages based on rival economic interests (as opposed to clan or...
Threats of Judicial Counterreform in Putin's Russia
Abstract: This article explores a series of proposals and initiatives in Russia from 2001 to 2005, all of which threatened some of the substantial achievements of judicial reform under Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. These include the Mironov proposals...

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