Politics and legitimacy in post-Soviet Eurasia / edited by Martin Brusis (Director, Competence Network on Institutions and Institutional Change in Postsocialism, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany), Joachim Ahrens (Professor of International Economics, Private University of Applied Sciences, Göttingen, Germany), Martin Schulze Wessel (Chair for the History of East and Southeast Europe, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany).

  • Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • ©2016
x, 251 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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"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.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
List of Figures and Tables -- Acknowledgements -- List of Contributors -- 1. The Politics of Legitimation in Post-Soviet Eurasia / Martin Brusis -- 2. Comparing Legitimation Strategies in Post-Soviet Countries / Christian von Soest and Julia Grauvogel -- 3. State Capitalism in Eurasia: A Dual-Economy Approach to Central Asia / Joachim Ahrens, Herman W. Hoen, and Martin C. Spechler -- 4. Legitimation and the Party of Power in Kazakhstan / Adele Del Sordi -- 5. Legitimacy and State-Led Economic Policy in Georgia / Christian Timm -- 6. Legitimacy, Accountability and Discretion of the Russian Courts / Alexei Trochev -- 7. Concepts of the Nation and Legitimation in Belarus / Fabian Burkhardt -- 8. State Programs, Institutions and Memory in Russia / Philipp Burger -- 9. Cynics, Loyalists, and Rebels in Recent Russian Fiction : Literary Scenarios of Legitimation and the Pursuit of 'Sovereign Democracy' / Alfred Sproede and Oleksandr Zabirko -- 10. Comparative Conclusions : Legitimacy and Legitimation in Eurasian Post-Communist States / Leslie Holmes -- Index.
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  • 113748943X ((hardback))
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