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Shadow of former president looms over China's new leaders - CNN.com

Shadow of former president looms over China's new leaders - CNN.com | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
When the new names of China's elite political committee were announced Thursday they didn't come as a surprise to one leading China expert.
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China's next leaders: Who's who

China's next leaders: Who's who | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
China's ruling elite meet at the 18th Communist Party National Congress this year to reveal new members of the Politburo Standing Committee. CNN profiles the top contenders.
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Factional conflicts in Iran

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China is not the only place where factions within a seemingly unified elite are competing with one another.

 

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Richard Sakwa: The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism, and the Medvedev Succession

Richard Sakwa: The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism, and the Medvedev Succession | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Richard Sakwa‘s new book, The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism, and the Medvedev Succession (Cambridge University Press, 2011), comes at a moment in Russian political history when uncertainty is once again in the headlines and on the lips of experts and journalists. While Sakwa’s book is principally about how Dmitri Medvedev became Russia’s third President, The Crisis of Russian Democracy is more importantly an analysis of the institutions and dynamics that animate Russian politics today.

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Why do autocrats do strange things?

Why do autocrats do strange things? | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Sacha Baron Cohen's latest comedy satirises a fictional dictator's eccentric behaviour, but why do real-life dictators do strange things?
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How China is ruled: Communist Party

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Guide explaining how the Communist Party oversees China's government, military and court system...
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Haass: To the victors go the foils – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

Haass: To the victors go the foils – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: Richard N. Haass, formerly Director of Policy Planning in the U.S.

 

A surprising number of elections and political transitions is scheduled to occur over the coming months. An incomplete list includes Russia, China, France, the United States, Egypt, Mexico, and South Korea.

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Democrats vs. Dictators: 2012

Democrats vs. Dictators: 2012 | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it

Interesting comparative analysis... normative at best, but fun.  Think March Madness with foreign leaders, from Foreign Policy.

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Bo Xilai: a stunning and highly public fall from grace in China

Bo Xilai: a stunning and highly public fall from grace in China | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Bo Xilai, a senior Communist Party official, was abruptly dismissed amid scandal, ending his ambition of a top post. His removal could complicate a key year of political transition in China.
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'On China:' Experts discuss new generation of leaders - CNN.com

'On China:' Experts discuss new generation of leaders - CNN.com | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
A long way from the big-spending, flag-waving spectacle of competing U.S. presidential campaigns, a momentous leadership change is quietly unfolding in the world's second largest economy.
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Medvedev Becomes United Russia Member

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who in a few days will take up the leadership of Russia's ruling United Russia party, became a member on Tuesday.
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The Key Players In Russia's New Government

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Russian President Vladimir Putin presented Russia's new cabinet on May 21 after weeks of intense speculation. Putin appears to have kept loyalists in key posts which may block any reformist agenda. Some longtime stalwarts, like Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov hold onto their posts. RFE/RL Moscow correspondent Tom Balmforth takes a closer look at the roster of ministers.

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Heaven is high; the emperor is far away

Heaven is high; the emperor is far away | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it

China’s central government says that the activist lawyer Chen Guangcheng is a free man, and has promised him an investigation of the harrowing abuses he suffered at the hands of guards here. Mr. Chen’s desperate escape last month from persecution to American protection has embarrassed China’s leaders and cast new shadows on their commitment to the rule of law.

 

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Mexico's leading presidential candidate is handsome, popular and still a mystery

Mexico's leading presidential candidate is handsome, popular and still a mystery | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
A victory by Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico’s presidential election would put the country back in the hands of the party that governed for 71 years.
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The make-up of the new Russian government

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The new organisational structure of the government will likely be announced within two to three days of the formal appointment of Medvedev as PM. Ministerial appointments, according to Vedomosti, will happen in steps in the subsequent 2 weeks, so do not expect a one-shot type of event.

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Podcast: Vladimir Putin's Historical Heroes

Podcast: Vladimir Putin's Historical Heroes | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Vladimir Putin has plucked several role models from Russian history. Do any of them help us understand the man and his governing style?
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Bo Bo, Black Sheep

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IN A dramatic high-level political shake-up, China used the Ides of March to announce the removal of Bo Xilai from his post as the Communist Party boss of the south-western city of Chongqing.
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China's leadership shakeup: Bo Xilai and 4 other names to watch

China's leadership shakeup: Bo Xilai and 4 other names to watch | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Five names to keep an eye on as China prepares for a once-in-a-decade leadership change.
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