How Russia is Not Ruled: Reflections on Russian Political Development / Edition 1

How Russia is Not Ruled: Reflections on Russian Political Development / Edition 1

by Allen C. Lynch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521549922

ISBN-13: 9780521549929

Pub. Date: 01/10/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

As Russia tries to establish the foundations of a stable and productive market-based economic system, it must determine the importance of the state to its prospects. What kind of political order corresponds to the challenges that Russia faces in the post-Soviet period? This analysis argues that geography matters a great deal and the state remains central in

Overview

As Russia tries to establish the foundations of a stable and productive market-based economic system, it must determine the importance of the state to its prospects. What kind of political order corresponds to the challenges that Russia faces in the post-Soviet period? This analysis argues that geography matters a great deal and the state remains central in compensating for the austere implications of economic geography for Russia's economic prospects under market circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521549929
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/10/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
IOn the Importance of the State in the Russian Setting1
IIThe Argument of the Book10
IIIThe Organization of the Book16
1Historical Patterns of Russian Political Development18
IThe Argument18
IISpecification of Terms20
IIIA European Pattern of Political Development21
IVConditions Governing Russian Success24
VThe Distinctiveness of Russia's Patrimonial Absolutism31
VIThe Facts of Life36
VIIImplications37
VIIICosts of Security and Costs of Production41
2Soviet Legacies for Post-Soviet Russia47
IIntroduction47
IIThe Argument49
IIIEconomic Legacies: Isolation and Relative Backwardness51
IVMilitarization of the Economy52
VSocial Legacies: Fragmentation and Exhaustion54
VISocial Organization and Political Regime58
VIITidal Waves of Violence66
VIIIPositive Legacies70
IXThe Legacy of Soviet Collapse: Stealing the State73
XRussia's Path-Dependent Matrix82
3The 1990s in Russia: A New Time of Troubles?85
IIntroduction85
IIWorst-Case Scenarios Failed to Occur86
IIIAnother Russian Experiment87
IVThe Russian Macroeconomy88
VPaths Taken and Not92
VISocial Aspects99
VIIRussia's Silent Scream107
VIIIHow do Russians Get By at All?108
IXThe Military111
XThe Condition of Russian Science117
XIThe Rise of Post-Soviet Russian Crime121
XIIConclusion127
4Russia's "Neopatrimonial" Political System, 1992-2004128
IIntroduction128
IIGeneral Prerequisites of Democracy131
IIISpecific Tensions in Postcommunist Reform Processes132
IVThe Early Course of Reform134
VForeign Reinforcements137
VIRussia's Political Institutions140
VIIRussia's Electoral History146
VIIIThe "Pays Reel": The System of Presidential Authority152
IXFrom Yeltsin to Putin155
XPutin and the Consolidation of Russia's Neopatrimonial System159
XIConclusion163
5The Russian 1990s in Comparative Perspective166
IIntroduction166
IIInstitutions and Values170
IIIRussia in the Postcommunist Context173
IVConclusions on Russia Compared to East-Central Europe183
VRussia Compared to the G-7 World186
VIOther Points of Comparison189
VIIConclusions193
6What Future for Russia? Liberal Economics and Illiberal Geography195
IIntroduction195
IIStructural or Conjunctural Factors in Russia's Favor?198
IIIInfrastructure, Asset Depreciation, and Direct Capital Investment201
IVThe Decision to Invest205
VThe Influence of Late-Soviet Developments on Post-Soviet Prospects205
VILong-Term Consequences of Russia's Decade-Long Depression208
VIIAfter the Crash210
VIIIEnabling Conditions of Russian Recovery: Politics versus Geography?220
IXConclusions234
Conclusions239
ISumming Up239
IITwelve Theses on the Influence of Domestic Factors on Russia's World Role243
Select Bibliography257
Index269

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