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The Russian Politics and Presidential Power


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Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Chapter 1: Executive Power in Russian Politics What Does Executive Leadership Mean in the Russian Context? Authoritarian Modernizers: The Prototype Characteristics of Authoritarian Modernizers What Can We Learn from Past "Executives"? Earlier Authoritarian Modernizers The Brezhnev Era: The Long Calm before the Storm The Uncertain Interregnum: Andropov and Chernenko Chapter 2: The Gorbachev Presidency The Starting Point: What Gorbachev Intended Gorbachev's Rise to Power From General Secretary to President The Reform Agenda: Politics and Policy Glasnost The Economy: Perestroika Judicial Reform Foreign Policy Political Reform: Democratization Democratization of the Communist Party The Gorbachev Presidency The Presidency of the Russian Federation The Battle of the Presidents Gorbachev as an Authoritarian Modernizer Chapter 3: The Yeltsin Presidency, 1991-1993 Yeltsin's Path to Moscow From Outcast to President The President Becomes a President A Real President Gets a Real Nation Personal Rivalries Economic Reforms as a Political Issue Yeltsin's Economic Reforms: Phase I (1991-1993) The Reform of the Party-State National Identity and the Union Treaty Judicial Reform The President and the Legislature Foreign Policy Yeltsin as an Authoritarian Modernizer: A Preliminary Assessment Chapter 4: Yeltsin and Russia Reborn The Presidency and the Legislature Judicial Reform The 1993 Duma Elections The 1995 Duma Elections The 1996 Presidential Election The Second Term: From Victory to Resignation Yeltsin's Economic Reforms: Phase II (1994-1999) Foreign Policy The First Chechen War The December 1999 Duma Elections Yeltsin's Surprise Resignation Yeltsin as an Authoritarian Modernizer: A Final Assessment Chapter 5: Putin I, 2000-2008 The 2000 Presidential Election Vladimir Putin: From Spy Novels to the Kremlin The Putin Formula The Putin Presidency Emerges from Yeltsin's Shadow Outside the Garden Ring: "Managing" the New Democracy The Presidency and the Legislature: The 2003 Duma Elections Judicial Reform The 2004 Presidential Election The Rules and the Game Change The Run-Up to the 2008 Presidential Election The 2007 Duma Elections Putin's Economic Reforms Foreign Policy The Second Chechen War The 2008 Presidential Election Putin as an Authoritarian Modernizer Chapter 6: The "Tandem" Dmitry Medvedev: Putin's Friend from Leningrad Governing the Nation in Tandem Medvedev and Putin in Tandem Factional Realities Medvedev and Economic Reform Medvedev and Political Modernization Judicial Reform Foreign Policy The Russian-Georgian War Medvedev and the Legislature: The 2011 Duma Elections The Duma Election and Voting Fraud The 2012 Presidential Election Election Results Medvedev as an Authoritarian Modernizer Chapter 7: Putin II, 2012- The "New" Cabinet Putin II: Old and New Realities Maintaining the Balance within the Garden Ring Controlling the Opposition The Economy: Prosperity and Modernity Foreign Policy Crimea and Ukraine Russian Foreign Policy and the World The Three Arenas of Russian Politics Inside the Garden Ring: Factional Politics in Putin II A Note on the Siloviki Outside the Garden Ring: Politics in the Rest of the Russian Federation The Authoritarian Modernizer Revisited The Legal System and the Courts Connecting Those Inside and Outside the Garden Ring Political Parties Civil Society Control of the Media The Leadership Cult as a Connection Putin as an Authoritarian Modernizer Chapter 8: The Future(s) of Russian Politics The Future of the Russian Presidency(ies) What Will Drive Change? Changes in the Nature of Factional Politics Changes in the Nature of Electoral Politics at the National, Regional, and Local Levels Politics Moves to the Street: A Color Revolution or Moscow Spring What Is a Color Revolution? A Russian Color Revolution? Index


"Russian Politics and Presidential Power provides excellent insight into the Russian national character and the intellectual and emotional challenges that motivate people. The narrative is well written, , profound, and honest. The book is a very good resource for students who want to learn more about the nature of Russian politics." -- Irina Vakulenko
"Donald Kelley's concept of 'modern authoritarians' as a central theme enables a reader to follow the complex personalities and course of events. Perhaps even more valuable is the accuracy of the concept in portraying the Russian political experience. It is clear and presents the material that students need to understand." -- Richard Farkas
"Russian Politics and Presidential Power is a fine text for undergraduate audiences and a good one for graduate students to review, too. The notion of the 'authoritarian modernizer' helps as a way to understand the Russian presidency and to get away from the tendentious arguments about Yeltsin and Putin that are so often indulged in. Kelley's work is clearly written with well explained examinations of the turbulent eras covered." -- Gerry Hudson
"Russian Politics and Presidential Power is notable for Professor Kelley's attention to political 'legacies' of past Russian and Soviet chief executive offices and practices. Dr. Kelley demonstrates a number of the reasons for which Russian Federation politics have remained very fluid, and he acquaints the reader with many of the major political issues that have surfaced within the Russian political arena since before the disappearance of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics." -- Barbara Chotiner

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