Owning Russia: The Struggle over Factories, Farms and Power

Owning Russia: The Struggle over Factories, Farms and Power

by Andrew Barnes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801444349

ISBN-13: 9780801444340

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: Cornell University Press

During and after the breakdown of the Soviet Union, a wide range of competitors fought to build new political and economic empires by wresting control over resources from the state and from each other. In the only book to examine the evolution of Russian property ownership in both industry and agriculture, Andrew Barnes uses interviews, archival research, and

Overview

During and after the breakdown of the Soviet Union, a wide range of competitors fought to build new political and economic empires by wresting control over resources from the state and from each other. In the only book to examine the evolution of Russian property ownership in both industry and agriculture, Andrew Barnes uses interviews, archival research, and firsthand observation to document how a new generation of capitalists gained control over key pieces of the Russian economy by acquiring debt-ridden factories and farms once owned by the state. He argues that although the Russian government made policies that affected how actors battled one another, it could never rein in the most destructive aspects of the struggle for property.Barnes shows that dividing the spoils of the Soviet economy involved far more than the experiment with voucher privatization or the scandalous behavior of a few Moscow-based "oligarchs." In Russia, the control of property yielded benefits beyond mere profits, and these high stakes fueled an intense, enduring, and profound conflict over real assets. This fierce competition empowered the Russian executive branch at the expense of the legislature, dramatically strengthened managers in relation to workers, created a broad array of business conglomerates, and fundamentally shaped regional politics, not only blurring the line between government and business but often erasing it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801444340
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tablesxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Note on Transliterationxvii
1Comprehending Turmoil: Post-Soviet Russia as a Struggle for Property1
2The Tangled Web They Wove: Property in the USSR before 198520
3Let the Games Begin, 1985-9143
4The Next Big Thing: Property in the Era of Mass Privatization and Land Reform, 1992-9468
5Many Currents, One Tumultuous River: Redistribution after Privatization, 1994-97106
6The Earth Moves: Finance, Politics, and a New Era of Redistribution, 1997-2002164
7A New World, but How New? The Yukos Affair and Beyond 2002-2005209
8Face Forward: Lessons for Understanding Change227
References233
Index263

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