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Konsolidering av demokratin i en postkommunistisk stad - fallet St Petersburg

Nilsson, Tove (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The aim of this essay is to examine whether democracy in St Petersburg is

consolidated or not. Since studies of democratic transition have been rarely

conducted on post-communist cities, this study seems fruitful. Using the Linz and

Stepan theory, where democracy is considered consolidated when it has become

?the only game in town? and Orttung's three criteria legitimacy, political

polarisation and policy effectiveness; this essay analyzes people's attitudes,

political behaviour, the rule of law and civil society in St Petersburg. Theory is

used to interpret the material mainly consisting of two interviews and newspaper

articles. The results show that the political behaviour is counteracting democratic

consolidation and the rule... (More)
The aim of this essay is to examine whether democracy in St Petersburg is

consolidated or not. Since studies of democratic transition have been rarely

conducted on post-communist cities, this study seems fruitful. Using the Linz and

Stepan theory, where democracy is considered consolidated when it has become

?the only game in town? and Orttung's three criteria legitimacy, political

polarisation and policy effectiveness; this essay analyzes people's attitudes,

political behaviour, the rule of law and civil society in St Petersburg. Theory is

used to interpret the material mainly consisting of two interviews and newspaper

articles. The results show that the political behaviour is counteracting democratic

consolidation and the rule of law. People's lack of faith in democratic institutions

is undermining legitimacy. Civil society have got problems with autonomy,

finance and citizen indifference, but many NGOs and a part of mass media seem

to be able to define and forward their interests in a manner that influences city

politics. (Less)
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author
Nilsson, Tove
supervisor
organization
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Democratic Consolidation, St Petersburg, Post-Communist Studies, Urban Politics, Political Behaviour, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
id
1328014
date added to LUP
2006-02-10
date last changed
2006-02-10
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  abstract     = {The aim of this essay is to examine whether democracy in St Petersburg is

consolidated or not. Since studies of democratic transition have been rarely

conducted on post-communist cities, this study seems fruitful. Using the Linz and

Stepan theory, where democracy is considered consolidated when it has become

?the only game in town? and Orttung's three criteria legitimacy, political

polarisation and policy effectiveness; this essay analyzes people's attitudes,

political behaviour, the rule of law and civil society in St Petersburg. Theory is

used to interpret the material mainly consisting of two interviews and newspaper

articles. The results show that the political behaviour is counteracting democratic

consolidation and the rule of law. People's lack of faith in democratic institutions

is undermining legitimacy. Civil society have got problems with autonomy,

finance and citizen indifference, but many NGOs and a part of mass media seem

to be able to define and forward their interests in a manner that influences city

politics.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Tove},
  keyword      = {Democratic Consolidation,St Petersburg,Post-Communist Studies,Urban Politics,Political Behaviour,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Konsolidering av demokratin i en postkommunistisk stad - fallet St Petersburg},
  year         = {2006},
}