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POLI 2F30 Lecture 10: POLI 2F30 - 10

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Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLI 2F30
Professor
Sanjay Jeram

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October 23, 2015
POLI 2F30 – Lecture 10
Russia’s Hybrid Regime
1. Hybrid? Democracy like elections, but also authoritarian too
2. USSR
a. Initially made huge advances in industrial production, science, military
prowess
b. Regime softens after death of Stalin
c. Declining economy from 1970s onward
d. Arms race with USA
e. 1985 Gorbachev becomes general secretary of CPSU
f. East/Central European democratizations
g. Attempts at reform sped up end of USSR (1991)
3. Russian political system
a. Federal state (21 Republics)
b. Semi-presidential system (PM and President)
c. Bicameral legislature: Duma and Federation Council
d. Supreme court
e. Multiparty system
4. Russia after the USSR
a. 1990s hard decade
b. 1993 coup attempt
c. Radical reforms to economy: Oligarch, poverty, corruption
d. 1st parliamentary elections
e. Chechen wars 1994 and 1999
f. Expansion of NATO
g. 1998 economic recession
5. Vladimir Putin
a. President Yeltsin appoints Putin PM in 1999 and took over as President
when Yeltsin resigned
b. Putin was elected President in 2000, 2004. In 2008 Putin became PM.
In 2012 he became President again.
c. Personalization of politics: United Russia vehicle for Putin’s ambition.
d. Next presidential election in 2018 (term extended from 4 to 6 years in
2008)
6. Response to protest: July 2012
a. Restrictions on NGOs receiving foreign funds.
b. Blocking internet sites without court order
c. 2013 intervention in state media (RIA Novosti)
d. Blocked access to independent media websites
e. 2013: Laws passed against “propagandizing non-traditional sexual
relations”
Authoritarianism and Democratic Breakdown
1. Authoritarianism
a. Often associated with facism or certain varieties of socialism
b. Hierarchical. Closed decision making process
c. The norm for most of our history. Vary in 3 ways

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October 23, 2015 POLI 2F30 Lecture 10 Russias Hybrid Regime 1.Hybrid? Democracy like elections, but also authoritarian too 2.USSR a.Initially made huge advances in industrial production, science, military prowess b.Regime softens after death of Stalin c.Declining economy from 1970s onward d.Arms race with USA e.1985 Gorbachev becomes general secretary of CPSU f.EastCentral European democratizations g.Attempts at reform sped up end of USSR (1991) 3.Russian political system a.Federal state (21 Republics) b.Semipresidential system (PM and President) c.Bicameral legislature: Duma and Federation Council d.Supreme court e.Multiparty system 4.Russia after the USSR a.1990s hard decade b.1993 coup attempt c.Radical reforms to economy: Oligarch, poverty, corruption st d.1 parliamentary elections e.Chechen wars 1994 and 1999 f.Expansion of NATO g.1998 economic recession 5.Vladimir
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