Except for the Baltic states, the countries of the former Soviet Union may be less democratic today than in the last years of the USSR.
About the Author
Archie Brown is emeritus professor of politics at Oxford University and emeritus fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford. His most recent book is Seven Years That Changed the World: Perestroika in Perspective (2007).
At the end of the Cold War, semipresidentialism became the modal constitution of the postcommunist world. In Russia and other post-Soviet states, however, this system of government has impeded consolidation.