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Assessing the Structural Prerequisites for an Efficient Russian Political Market
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Regional Science (CERUM).
2007 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Applying the market metaphor the first part of the article outlines a conceptual model for assessing the efficiency of the Russian political system. In the Russian transitional context the development of democracy also has to be included in such an assessment. Using Robert Dahl’s classic criteria of democracy and Douglass C. North’s factors determining transaction costs a scheme is suggested for assessing the efficiency of the Russian political market, looking at the structure of this market as well as actors’ behaviour (agency). In the second part of the article, essential structural developments of the Russian political market are analysed and the implications of these developments are discussed. The conclusion is that a number of recent reforms affecting the structure of the Russian political market will improve the prerequisites for efficiency of citizens’ participation in political life. Finally, the usefulness of applying the market metaphor in analyses of the political system is discussed.

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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg , 2007. , 55 p.
, IIASA Interim Report, IR-07-037
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-7089OAI: diva2:146760
Available from: 2008-01-03 Created: 2008-01-03Bibliographically approved

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