Russian Civil Society: A Critical Assessment

Forsideomslag
Alfred B. Evans, Laura A. Henry, Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom
M.E. Sharpe, 2006 - 340 sider
A vibrant civil society - characterized by the independently organized activity of people as citizens, undirected by state authority - is an essential support for the development of freedom, democracy, and prosperity. Thus it has been one important indicator of the success of post-communist transitions. This volume undertakes a systematic analysis of the development of civil society in post-Soviet Russia. An introduction and two historical chapters provide background, followed by chapters that analyze the Russian context and consider the roles of the media, business, organized crime, the church, the village, and the Putin administration in shaping the terrain of public life. Eight case studies then illustrate the range and depth of actual citizen organizations in various national and local community settings, and a concluding chapter weighs the findings and distills comparisons and conclusions.
 

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Indhold

Civil Society in Late Imperial Russia
11
Civil Society in the Soviet Union?
28
Media Civil Society and the Failure of the Fourth Estate in Russia
57
Business and Civil Society in Russia
73
Uncivil Society
95
The Church and Civil Society in Russia
110
Civil Society in Rural Russia
126
Vladimir Putins Design for Civil Society
147
Where Are They in the Former Workers State?
197
Russian Environmentalists and Civil Society
211
Disability Organizations in the Regions
229
Domestic Violence Crisis Centers
266
Is Civil Society Stronger in Small Towns?
284
Tensions and Trajectories
305
Defining Civil Society
323
Index
331

Institutionalized Interest Groups
161
Civil Society Through
178

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