Authoritarian Backlash: Russian Resistance to Democratization in the Former Soviet Union

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Political Science - 240 pages
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Authoritarian Russia has adopted five strategies to preserve the Kremlin's political power: insulate, bolster, subvert, redefine and coordinate. Presenting detailed case studies of each strategy, this book makes significant contributions to our understandings of Russian domestic and foreign policies, democratization theory and the policy challenges associated with democracy promotion.
 

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Contents

The Authoritarian Backlash Against Democracy
1
The External Promotion of Democracy and Authoritarianism
11
Political Trends in the Former Soviet Union An Overview
27
Insulate Shielding Russia from External Democracy Promotion
45
Redefine Rhetorical Defenses Against External Criticism
69
Bolster Russian Support for Authoritarianism in Belarus
105
Subvert Undermining Democracy in Georgia and Ukraine
131
Coordinate Working with Others to Resist Democratization
159
The Russian 20072008 Election Cycle
185
The Future of Democracy and the Challenge of Authoritarianism
201
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Thomas Ambrosio, North Dakota State University, USA.

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