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Midterm2 Study Guide

Midterm2 Study Guide - POL2 Winter 2008 TA Elissa Alzate...

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POL2 Winter 2008 TA: Elissa Alzate, [email protected] Midterm Study Guide ***PLEASE NOTE: This study guide is meant merely as an aid to help you review for the exam and does not incorporate all the material covered on the exam. In particular, material from the textbook is NOT included on this review sheet. Please use this study guide in conjunction with the review slides posted on the course website. *** 1. What are the 3 issues that each post-communist country faces when making the transition to democracy? 2. What kind of governmental system has been the most successful in post-communist countries? 3. What were the key features of Soviet-style communism? 4. Brezhnev Doctrine 5. What was the hidden economic crisis of the USSR? (4 aspects) 6. Gorbachev’s Reforms: Perestroika & Glasnost 7. What were the new political institutions that Gorbachev created? 8. Describe Yeltsin’s rise to power. 9. What were the problems Russia was facing 1992-1993, and what was the impact of these problems? 10. Shock Therapy & Jeffrey Sachs 11. Mixed electoral system of Russia 12. Describe the political party system of Russia. How was it different than the party systems of
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