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Federalism, Democratization, and the Rule of Law in Russia

Jeffrey Kahn


This book examines the development of Russia's current federal system of government from its Soviet origins, through Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms, to the presidencies of Boris Yeltsin and the early years of Vladimir Putin. The theoretical relationship between democracy, law, and federalism is examined with a focus on its application to the study of post‐authoritarian state systems. Federal institutions shape political agendas in the constituent units of a federation just as much as those units influence the shape of the federal whole. Case studies focus on Russia's 21 ethnic ‘republics’ (out of ... More

Keywords: constitution, democracy, democratization, federalism, Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin, rule of law, Russia, Soviet Union, Boris Yeltsin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246991
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199246998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Kahn, author
University of Michigan