Western analysts have become increasingly concerned with President Putin's centralization and control, with the term 'managed democracy' becoming a byword for the state of the Russian polity. In this important exploration, David White examines the gradual electoral decline of Russia's leading liberal party, the Yabloko Party. In doing so, he provides fascinating insights into the role of opposition, the development of the party system and, above all, the quality of democracy in Russia under President Putin. As an overtly democratic, liberal reformist party with a strong pro-Western orientation, the place and role of Yabloko in Russian politics is of concern to those interested both in the establishment of democratic norms and the relative strength of political forces promoting democratic and market reforms in Russia.
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David White is Lecturer in Russian Politics at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, UK. He is the author of a number of papers and articles on issues such as party development and democratisation in Russia.
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Book Description Ashgate Pub Co, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0754646750