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 University of Melbourne Author 

Title Politics and legitimacy in post-Soviet Eurasia / edited by Joachim Ahrens, Martin Brusis, Martin Schulze Wessel.

Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


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Physical description 1 online resource (pages cm)
Series Springer English/International eBooks 2016 - Full Set
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover; Contents; List of Figures and Tables; Acknowledgments; List of Contributors; 1 The Politics of Legitimation in Post-Soviet Eurasia; 2 Comparing Legitimation Strategies in Post-Soviet Countries; 3 State Capitalism in Eurasia: A Dual-Economy Approach to Central Asia; 4 Legitimation and the Party of Power in Kazakhstan; 5 Legitimacy and State-Led Economic Policy in Georgia; 6 Legitimacy, Accountability and Discretion of the Russian Courts; 7 Concepts of the Nation and Legitimation in Belarus; 8 State Programs, Institutions and Memory in Russia
9 Cynics, Loyalists and Rebels in Recent Russian Fiction: Literary Scenarios of Legitimation and the Pursuit of 'Sovereign Democracy'10 Comparative Conclusions: Legitimacy and Legitimation in Eurasian Post-Communist States; Index
Summary "Political legitimacy has become a scarce resource in Russia and other post-Soviet states in Eurasia. Their capacity to deliver prosperity has suffered from economic crisis, the conflict in Ukraine and the ensuing confrontation with the West. Will nationalism and repression enable political regimes to survive? This book investigates the politics of legitimation in post-Soviet countries, focusing on how political and intellectual elites exploit different modes of legitimation. Combining cross-national comparisons and country case studies, it addresses state-economy relations, pro-presidential parties, courts, ideas of nationhood, historical and literary narratives. Weak economic performance, evidence of electoral fraud, unresponsive governments and the waning authority of presidents continue to jeopardize institutional legitimacy. Whilst incumbent elites have been able to shift between legitimation modes, this collection argues that shifts towards nationalism, artificial charisma and traditionalism will not be sufficient in the long term to keep elites in power"-- Provided by publisher.
Other author Ahrens, Joachim, 1963- editor.
Brusis, Martin, editor.
Schulze Wessel, Martin, 1962- editor.
SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Legitimacy of governments -- Former Soviet republics.
Elite (Social sciences) -- Political activity -- Former Soviet republics.
Post-communism -- Former Soviet republics.
Former Soviet republics -- Politics and government.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781137489449 electronic bk.
1137489448 electronic bk.
9781349569281 print
9781137489432 (hardback)
113748943X (hardback)