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Rysslands misslyckade demokratisering: och återgången till den auktoritära styrelseformen
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Russias failed democratization : and the return to authoritarian rule (English)
Abstract [en]

When the Soviet union collapsed at the beginning of the 1990s, a democratization began to develop. During the Jeltsin years, democracy in Russia was developing steadily, but since Putin became president at the turn of the century it has started to move back towards authoritarian rule. The purpose of this study is to explore the reasons for why the democracy in Russia never became consolidated and to understand why the country again has moved towards an authoritarian rule, like the one during the Soviet union.

In order to fulfill the aim of this study, two theories were used. These were Linz and Stepan's consolidation theory, about the five arenas that have to be developed, and Samuel P. Huntington's theory about authoritarian nostalgia. In order to answer the questions that this study puts forward, these theories were used against empirical material about Russia.

The results of the study show that Russia does not live up to the requirements in any of the five arenas and therefore could not possibly develop a consolidated democracy. It also seems as if the return to authoritarianism in Russia can be blamed on a combination of nostalgia for the Soviet union, which developed during the economic crisis of the 1990s, and an increasing nationalism amongst the population.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 32 p.
Keyword [sv]
Ryssland, Putin, demokratisering, demokrati, auktoritärt ledarskap, demokratisk konsolidering, auktoritär nostalgi, fem arenor, Linz & Stepan.
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31615OAI: diva2:690549
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Administration Programme with foreign language, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-01-27 Created: 2014-01-23 Last updated: 2014-01-27Bibliographically approved

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