By Kathryn Stoner-Weiss

Why do new, democratizing states frequently locate it so tough to really govern? Why do they so frequently fail to supply their beleaguered populations with greater entry to public items and prone? utilizing unique and strange information, this e-book makes use of post-communist Russia as a case in interpreting what the writer calls this broader 'weak country syndrome' in lots of constructing international locations. via interviews with over 800 Russian bureaucrats in seventy two of Russia's 89 provinces, and a hugely unique database on styles of nearby executive non-compliance to federal legislations and coverage, the publication demonstrates that resistance to Russian important authority now not quite a bit ethnically established (as others have argued) up to generated through the need of robust and prosperous local political and monetary actors trying to defend resources they'd bought via Russia's transition out of communism.

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