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Federalism and Democratisation in Russia$
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Cameron Ross

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719058691

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719058691.001.0001

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Federalism and political asymmetry: executive versus legislative power

Federalism and political asymmetry: executive versus legislative power

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(p.122) 7 Federalism and political asymmetry: executive versus legislative power
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Federalism and Democratisation in Russia
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Cameron Ross

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719058691.003.0007

This chapter examines the struggle between executive and legislative bodies of power. One of the major problems with presidential systems is that they are, ‘prone to creating two opposing centres of power’, and often ‘legislative paralysis can set in when neither parliament nor president are strong enough to break the deadlocks which ensue’. In Russia, deadlock at the national level led to outright physical violence and the dissolution of the Russian Parliament in October 1993. And this struggle between parliament and president also gravitated downwards to the local level with similar battles occurring between regional assemblies and executive bodies of power.

Keywords:   executive power, legislative power, presidential systems, legislative paralysis, Russian Parliament

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