The Political Regime Of Russia

2466 Words Dec 5th, 2014 10 Pages
Introduction Russia has endured a long and substantial history of political regime changes from being a tsarist state, to adopting communism, to a post-communist transition era, and today may be in the process of democratic transition. Russia’s extensive political history is key to understanding the ever-changing political processes within the state. To understand the regime structure in Russia today we must assess and understand their political history, look at critical junctures in Soviet and Russian political developments, explore the post-war settlements of the Russian state, and finally explain the political regime of Russia through this analysis. The premise of this paper will be based on Thomas Carothers thesis on gray zone states. Vis-à-vis the typology Carothers uses to describe syndromes of a gray zone state, I shall attempt to generate a new thesis on the present Russian political system. By the end of the paper it will be clear as to how and why the political regime of Russia is one that actually presents a completely new type of regime development that can be dubbed a quasi-democracy.
Russian Political History (Kesselman and Krieger 324-330)
The Russian tsarist state began its decline from the late 1800s until the revolutionary takeover in 1917. Before 1917 Russia was an autocratic state with the tsar (Russian monarch and emperor) as the head of state. Russia was a patrimonial state wherein the tsar rules the country and owned all the land within state…
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