Since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia's party system has suffered a difficult and turbulent infancy. Moscow based parties have had only very limited territorial penetration, and fragmentation has been one of its most significant features.
Based on extensive fieldwork in three Russian regions, this book examines the development of the country's party system and the role played by parties in regional politics. Using a comparative approach, it scrutinises the internal structures and activities of the parties, looks at their decision-making processes, their everyday party life, the activities of party members, and the role of regional party organisations in federal and local election campaigns.
Cover -- BASEES/RoutledgeCurzon Series on Russian and East European studies -- Political Parties in the Russian Regions -- Contents -- Preface and acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- 1 Introduction -- The rationale of the present study -- The research for the present study -- The structure of the book -- 2 Political parties in Russia -- Federal parties: a historical overview -- Parties in the study -- The institutional framework of the Russian party system -- 3 Politics and parties in the regions -- The role of parties in regional politics: an overview -- The political situations in the case study regions -- Parties in the case study regions -- 4 Party organizations -- Party organizations in Russia: the theory -- Party organizations in Russia: the practice -- Everyday party life: some case studies -- 5 The membership -- Party members in context -- Joining and being active in the parties of the middle Volga -- Attitudes of party members -- 6 Parties and elections in the middle Volga -- Party organizations in the electoral cycle -- Campaign strategies -- Political advertisements -- 7 Russian party development in perspective -- Parties and their environment -- The middle Volga in comparative perspective -- Broader issues: the present study and future research -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Newspapers and periodicals -- Interviews -- All-Russian survey and empirical data (used with permission) -- Publications and declarations of the Central Electoral Commission of the Russian Federation (CEC) and its regional branches -- Laws and official documents cited -- Publications of the State Statistical Committee (Goskomstat) -- Party literature and documents cited -- Secondary sources -- Internet Websites -- Index
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st May 2003