Chapter

Conclusion

Graeme Gill and Roger D. Markwick

in Russia's Stillborn Democracy?

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240418
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599347 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240418.003.0007
 Conclusion

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In both Gorbachev's Soviet Union and Yeltsin's Russia, elites were able to act relatively unconstrained by the populace at large. The Soviet legacy was not a fruitful one for the development of a powerful civil society. The economic difficulties of the post‐Soviet period and the resultant mass disillusionment posed a further barrier to such a development. In this context, politics has overwhelmingly been the preserve of the elites; an arena in which they fought out their interests. The result was that those elites had little incentive to build a system based upon real democratic principles, in which the populace has a decisive voice. In these circumstances, under Yeltsin, democracy in Russia proved to be stillborn.

Keywords: civil society; democracy; disillusionment; economic difficulty; elites; Gorbachev, Mikhail; politics; Soviet legacy; Yeltsin, Boris

Chapter.  3838 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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