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The successes and failures of democracy in the post-Soviet republics

dc.contributor.advisorTsypkin, Mikhail
dc.contributor.advisorYost, David
dc.contributor.authorDolby, Allison Elizabeth
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.dateSep-16
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-02T17:18:25Z
dc.date.available2016-11-02T17:18:25Z
dc.date.issued2016-09
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this thesis is to answer the question what factors contribute to the differing levels of democratic success in the post-Soviet republics? The thesis draws on political theory and historical approaches to examine all 15 of the post-Soviet republics as a group in order to identify common trends, and then investigates two particular case studies—Russia and Kyrgyzstan—for further insight. Using the Freedom House scores to measure levels of democratic development, the thesis focuses on two important factors that contribute to democratic success: the balance of power among the elites at the moment of transition and the nature of the initial constitutional framework. The first theory posits that the power dynamics of leadership between the democrats and those supporting the ancien régime are crucial in determining the level of democratic development. The second theory concentrates on the impact for democracy of the type of constitutional framework adopted—whether parliamentary, presidential, or some mixture of the two. The thesis examines the merits of these two variables and concludes that an analysis combining them offers the most useful explanation of what contributes to the differing levels of democratic success.en_US
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dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Marine Corpsen_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/thesuccessesndfa1094550533
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/50533
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authordemocratizationen_US
dc.subject.authorpost-Sovieten_US
dc.subject.authorconstitutional frameworksen_US
dc.subject.authorparliamentaryen_US
dc.subject.authorpresidentialen_US
dc.subject.authorsemi-presidentialen_US
dc.subject.authordemocratic developmenten_US
dc.subject.authorRussiaen_US
dc.subject.authorKyrgyzstanen_US
dc.subject.authorleadershipen_US
dc.subject.authorbalance of poweren_US
dc.subject.authorleadership dynamicsen_US
dc.subject.authordemocratic transitionen_US
dc.titleThe successes and failures of democracy in the post-Soviet republicsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
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