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

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 4, Fall

Did the Internet Break the Political Machine? Moldova's 2009 "Twitter Revolution That Wasn't"
Abstract: Moldova's April 2009 mass unrest and the subsequent ouster of Vladimir Voronin's Communist Party have become widely known as the country's "Twitter Revolution," which in turn is often cited as an example of the Internet promoting revolution...
Getting the "Dough" and Saving the Machine: Lessons from Tatarstan
Abstract: This case study looks at the evolution of the political machine built in the Republic of Tatarstan, one of the notable subnational units of the Russian Federation. The study reviews the key features of the republican political system as it...
Institutional Design and Party Membership Recruitment in Estonia
Abstract: Political party membership is generally considered to be a declining phenomenon in western democracies, and is expected to remain low in central and east Europe. (1) The explanation for this state of affairs has centred on the legacy of communism,...
Machine Politics: The Concept and Its Implications for Post-Soviet Studies
Abstract: Political machines are organizations that mobilize electoral support by trading particularistic material benefits to citizens in exchange for their votes. While political machines were characteristic of the political lives of early democracies,...
Making and Breaking the Political Machine in Kabardino-Balkaria
Abstract: Three very different forces are contesting social powers in the North Caucasus republics: the ex-nomenklatura from the 1980s reliant on their administrative skills, insider knowledge, and patronage networks; political capitalists or "oligarchs"...
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