Publisher description for Elections without order : Russia's challenge to Vladimir Putin / Richard Rose & Neil Monro.
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Russians want both free elections and order. In the past decade Russia's political elites have had no difficulty in supplying a great choice of candidates and parties. But order - a sense of predictability in everyday life and the rule of law - has been in short supply. This is the challenge that Russia presents to Vladimir Putin. This book is about Russia's attempt to achieve democratization backwards, holding elections without having created a modern state. It examines the multiplication of parties that do not hold the Kremlin accountable; the success of Vladimir Putin in offering a 'third way' alternative to the Communist Party and the Yeltsin family; the new president's big but vague election mandate; the popular appeal and limits of Putin's coalition; and what the Russian people make of the combination of free elections and disorderly government. The authors draw on unrivalled survey and polling data, presented concisely and clearly.