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Russia poses a major puzzle for theorists of party development. Whereas virtually every classic work takes political parties to be inevitable and essential to democracy, Russia has been dominated by non-partisan politicians ever since communism collapsed. This book mobilizes public opinion surveys, interviews with leading Russian politicians, careful tracking of multiple campaigns, and analysis of national and regional voting patterns to show why Russia stands out. Russia's historically influenced combination of federalism and super-presidentialism, coupled with a post-communist redistribution of resources to regional political machines and oligarchic financial-industrial groups, produced and sustained powerful party-substitutes that have largely squeezed Russia's real parties out, damaging Russia's democratic development.


'Hale’s book is an important contribution to the field. It is ambitious, intelligent, well-researched and rigorous. It contains significant primary research and is the fullest attempt to theorise party-system development in Russia and to locate it in the comparative literature thus far.'

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'… the substance of Henry E. Hale’s detailed, scrupulously researched and engagingly written study is likely to be consulted for a long time to come. It makes key empirical and theoretical contributions to the study of Russian politics from a wide range of sources … this rich volume will remain pivotal for understanding Russian politics, perhaps even after Putin himself no longer remains so.'

Luke March - University of Edinburgh

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