Return to Putin's Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain

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Now in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated edition, this classic text provides the most authoritative and current analysis available of the challenges confronting Putin as he resumes the presidency. Leading scholars assess Medvedev’s term in office and explore the daunting domestic and international problems facing Russia today. Evaluating the regime’s continued efforts to rebuild a country once on the verge of collapse, they consider a comprehensive array of economic, ...
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Overview

Now in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated edition, this classic text provides the most authoritative and current analysis available of the challenges confronting Putin as he resumes the presidency. Leading scholars assess Medvedev’s term in office and explore the daunting domestic and international problems facing Russia today. Evaluating the regime’s continued efforts to rebuild a country once on the verge of collapse, they consider a comprehensive array of economic, political, foreign policy, and social issues.

Putin had his own approach for dealing with myriad problems facing Russia, emphasizing recentralization of power and a strong state. His influence remained potent during the Medvedev presidency, but he returns to power amidst unresolved policy issues both domestic and international. Domestically, genuine civil society and grassroots democratic opposition may be emerging. Only by understanding these challenges—and previous efforts to deal with them—will it be possible to understand the trajectory for Russia. Clearly written and organized, this text is an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to understand Russia today.

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Editorial Reviews

The Royal Institute Of International Affairs
Shed[s] valuable light on a subject of past neglect and growing importance.
Slavonic and East European Review
An excellent collection of articles from specialist authors.
CHOICE
Readable and informative. Highly recommended.
CHOICE
This is an excellent anthology of well-written chapters that elucidate the key dynamics of the Russian political system as well as the main themes of Russian policy at the advent of President Putin's return to power in 2012. In each of the chapters, the contributors are careful to outline the parameters of the institutional or policy themes established during the Yeltsin years of the 1990s. They then clarify the often sharp changes that President Putin put in place in the early 21st century. On a broader level, the Putin/Medvedev years have been characterized by the contradiction between movement in a more statist centralized direction and the emergence of a more robust and participatory political culture. In this regard, the chapters on civil society and media are particularly welcome. Domestic policy chapters highlight past changes and current needs in demographic, economic, crime/corruption, and agricultural policy. The four foreign policy chapters focus on the tensions with the US, the priority on Central Asia, the importance of relations with the EU, and the process of military reform. Scholars, students, and observers of Russian politics will welcome this worthy volume. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduate students and above.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442213463
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 925,789
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen K. Wegren is professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Methodist University.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Domestic Politics
Chapter 1: Political Leadership
Richard Sakwa
Chapter 2: Parliament and the Dominant Party Regime
Thomas F. Remington
Chapter 3: Regional Politics
Nikolai Petrov and Darrell Slider
Chapter 4: The Role of Law
Kathryn Hendley
Chapter 5: Civil Society and Protest
Alfred B. Evans Jr.
Chapter 6: The Media and Political Developments
Maria Lipman
Part II: The Economy and Society
Chapter 7: Population Trends
Timothy Heleniak
Chapter 8: Economic Policy
Pekka Sutela
Chapter 9: Crime, Organized Crime, and Corruption
Louise Shelley
Chapter 10: Agriculture
Stephen K. Wegren
Part III: Foreign Policy and the Military
Chapter 11: Foreign Policy
Andrei P. Tsygankov
Chapter 12: Relations with Central Asia
Gregory Gleason
Chapter 13: Relations with the European Union
Jeffrey Mankoff
Chapter 14: Is Military Reform Over?
Dale R. Herspring

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