By C. Pursiainen
This quantity takes a comparative method of comprehend common traits in post-Communist transition in Russia and China. Bringing together perspectives from Political technological know-how, Sociology and IR, it analyses three arenas of social change: socio-economic structures, political platforms, and overseas guidelines.
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Juan Linz and Alfred Stepan emphasised the nature of the old regime as a key variable: see Linz and Stepan, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation, Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press 1996. Robert Dahl, Polyarchy, New Haven: Yale University Press 1971. See, for instance, Mark J. Gasiorowski and Timothy J. Power, ‘The Structural Determinants of Democratic Consolidation: Evidence from the Third World’, Comparative Political Studies, Volume 31, Number 6, 1998 pp. 740–771, and 24 Christer Pursiainen Robert A.
5 Most early slavophiles were educated landowners, humanists, and lovers of freedom, with spiritual roots deep in the Russian soil. As would later happen in China under Mao Zedong’s influence, these early Russian slovophiles considered the peasantry to be the eternal foundation of Russia, the guarantee of the country’s distinct identity. The peasant spirit of community contrasted strongly with Western individualism. Western economic modernisation, starting with the spread of capitalism, was delayed in Russia until after the reforms of the 1860s.
As put by the ‘chief regime ideologist’ and First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Vladislav Surkov, ‘Russian Political Culture: The View from Utopia’, Russian Social Science Review, Volume 49, Number 6, November–December 2008, pp. 81–97. Samuel P. Huntington, The Third Wave: Democratisation in the Late Twentieth Century, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press 1991. As checked in September 2011, there seems to be no up-to-date English-language books on the market which compare Russia and China in the same holistic spirit as this current volume does.
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