Conversations on Russia: Reform from Yeltsin to Putin

Conversations on Russia: Reform from Yeltsin to Putin

by Padma Desai
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195300610

ISBN-13: 9780195300611

Pub. Date: 03/24/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Much of the discussion of Russia's recent post-Communist history has amounted, both in Russia and the West, to a series of monologues by strong-minded people with starkly divergent views. In contrast, Padma Desai's conversations with influential, intelligent participants and observers provide the reader with a broad, nuanced view of what has and has not happened in

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Much of the discussion of Russia's recent post-Communist history has amounted, both in Russia and the West, to a series of monologues by strong-minded people with starkly divergent views. In contrast, Padma Desai's conversations with influential, intelligent participants and observers provide the reader with a broad, nuanced view of what has and has not happened in the last fourteen years, and why. Conversations from Russia will thus serve as a much-needed reference volume, both for academics who study Russia and for laypeople who only have vague perceptions of what has occurred in Russia since the collapse of Communism.

In conversations with important figures like Boris Yeltsin, George Soros, Anatoly Chubais, and Yegar Gaidar, Desai considers questions like why the Soviet Union fell apart under Gorbachev, what went wrong with economic reforms after Gorbachev, whether the privatization of Russian assets could have been managed differently, and what the prospects are for the Russian economy in the near future. Desai, a recognized expert in the field of Soviet studies, ties the interviews together with an introduction, ultimately reaching her own judgment on each issue considered in the conversations. This book will appeal to researchers and students in developmental economics, political economy, and Soviet studies, and educated laypeople interested in Russia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195300611
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/24/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

I. Reform Maximalists
1. Boris Yeltsin: The Wrecking Ball
2. Anatoly Chubais: The "Neo-Bolshevik" Privatizer
3. Yegor Gaidar: The Shock Therapist
4. Boris Nemtsov: The Political Activist
5. Mikhail Kasyanov: The Pro-Market Prime Minister
6. Strobe Talbott: Bill Clinton's "Russia Hand"
II. Reform Gradualists
7. Grigory Yavlinsky: The Permanent Oppositionist
8. Sergei Rogov: In Search of Checks and Balances at Home and Abroad
9. Nodari Simonia: The Pro-Putin Vote
10. George Soros: The Active Philanthropist
III. Five Policy Perspectives
11. Sergei Dubinin: Monopoly Sector Reform in Progress
12. Oleg Vyugin: Monetary Policy in Action
13. Boris Jordan: Media Man and Investor
14. Anatoly Vishnevsky: Demographic Dilemmas
15. Jack Matlock Jr.: The Road Ahead
IV. The Role of History
16. Martin Malia: History Lessons
17. Richard Pipes: The Past in the Present

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