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Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World

Wilson, Andrew

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ISBN 10: 0300095457 / ISBN 13: 9780300095456
Published by Yale University Press July 10, 2005, New Haven, 2005
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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332 pages. Minor edge wear to dust jacket; sticker on rear cover. Underlining/marking to some pages. Else a nice, tight copy. Record # 453512. Bookseller Inventory # 453512

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Title: Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy in the ...

Publisher: Yale University Press July 10, 2005, New Haven

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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States like Russia and Ukraine may not have gone back to totalitarianism or the traditional authoritarian formula of stuffing the ballot box, cowing the population and imprisoning the opposition or not obviously. But a whole industry of political technology” has developed instead, with shadowy private firms and government fixers” on lucrative contracts dedicated to the black arts of organizing electoral success.

This book uncovers the sophisticated techniques of the virtual” political system used to legitimize post-Soviet regimes: entire fake parties, phantom political rivals and scarecrow” opponents. And it exposes the paramount role of the mass media in projecting these creations and in falsifying the entire political process.

Wilson argues that it is not primarily economic problems that have made it so difficult to develop meaningful democracy in the former Soviet world. Although the West also has its spin doctors,” dirty tricks, and aggressive ad campaigns, it is the unique post-Bolshevik culture of political technology” that is the main obstacle to better governance in the region, to real popular participation in public affairs, and to the modernization of the political economy in the longer term.

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Why has democracy gone wrong in the states of the former USSR? This penetrating book uncovers the sophisticated techniques of a virtual” political system used to legitimize post-Soviet regimes: entire fake parties, phantom political rivals, and scarecrow opponents. The book also exposes the paramount and problematic role of mass media in the political process. 

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