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Misperception, Ambivalence, and Indecision in Soviet Policy-making: Czechoslovakia 1968: Lessons for today?

Rereading my 1984 article “Misperception, Ambivalence, and Indecision in Soviet Policy-making,” for the first time in many years, most of the analysis strikes me as just as valid today as it was in 1984 http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1903573. There is, however, an important blind spot in the article. I did not fully appreciate the panic of hardliners among the leaders of the Soviet Bloc concerning the Prague Spring. It was clear that the Czechoslovak reform movement...

10.03.2016

Has there been "rollback" of democracy in Russia under Putin?

... Russia's shaky liberalism, now under siege, finds few defenders inside the country.” One might argue seriously that the situation has improved greatly since Matlock and Holmes gave these assessments. If Putin had wanted to establish a genuine dictatorship, he has had sixteen years to do so. By “genuine dictatorship,” I mean something like the regimes of Pinochet in Chile, the Greek Colonels, or the Argentinian military, where tens of thousands disappeared, were tortured, and/or ...

16.02.2016

Russia: NGO registration, democracy, and civil society

... society. Outside funders determine priorities, rather than the organization's membership and those it is presumed to serve, hence sapping internal initiative within the organization. In his classical work, THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP http://books.google.ca/books/about/Social_Origins_of_Dictatorship_and_Democ.html?id=Ip9W0yWtVO0C&redir_esc=y, Barrington Moore argues that the dictatorship of Oliver Cromwell played an important role the development of liberal democracy in ...

01.02.2015

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