Rural Reform in Post-Soviet Russia

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Rural Reform in Post-Soviet Russia reviews change in agricultural and rural life since 1990 through historical, political, sociological, and anthropological investigation. The contributors' interest is not so much in agriculture itself but in agrarian issues such as the relationship between rural interests and changing Russian institutions, the economic and social organization of rural households, and the quality of life in rural families and ...

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Overview

Rural Reform in Post-Soviet Russia reviews change in agricultural and rural life since 1990 through historical, political, sociological, and anthropological investigation. The contributors' interest is not so much in agriculture itself but in agrarian issues such as the relationship between rural interests and changing Russian institutions, the economic and social organization of rural households, and the quality of life in rural families and villages.

Woodrow Wilson Center Press

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Editorial Reviews

Agricultural History Review
An important collection on the rural economy and society in the Russian transition with contributions by leading scholars.

— Carol Scott Leonard

Slavic Review
This valuable book provides a penetrating analysis of the problems encountered in attempting to change age-old habits.

— Martin McCauley

Agricultural History Review - Carol Scott Leonard

An important collection on the rural economy and society in the Russian transition with contributions by leading scholars.

Slavic Review - Martin McCauley

This valuable book provides a penetrating analysis of the problems encountered in attempting to change age-old habits.

Booknews
The collapse of the Soviet Union has led to the end of the collective farm, once the defining characteristic of Russian agrarian life. O'Brien (rural sociology, U. of Missouri-Columbia) and Wegren (political science, Southern Methodist U.) present 16 chapters that explore this massive change from political, sociological, historical, and anthropological perspectives. The major themes of the articles are the relative ability of agriculture to adapt to a market economy, the major obstacles blocking the transformation of Russian agriculture, the nature of the adaptations of households and villages to the post-Soviet realities, and the impact of those adaptations on prospects for further reforms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801869600
  • Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David J. O'Brien is a professor of rural sociology at the University of Missouri–Columbia. Stephen K. Wegren is an associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.

Woodrow Wilson Center Press

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Table of Contents

ContentsIntroduction Adaptation and Change: Old Problems, New Approaches, Stephen K. Wegren and David J. O'BrienPart One Adaptation of Russian Agriculture to a Market Economy1. Entrepreneurship and the Siberian Peasant Commune in Late Imperial Russia, Igor V. Volgine2. The Impact of Land Reform on the Rural Population, Zvi Lerman3. Spatial Contrasts and the Potential for Agricultural Revival, Grigory Ioffe and Tatyana Nefedova 4. Change in Land Relations: The Russian Land Market, Stephen K. Wegren and Vladimir R. Belen'kiy5. Rural Household Behavior, 1991–2001, Valeri V. PatsiorkovskiPart Two Sources and Nature of Opposition to Change6. The Cultural Dimension: Social Organization and the Metaphysics of Exchange, Margaret L. Paxson7. Contemporary Agrarian Reforms in a Russian Historical Context, David Macey8. Human Capital and Income Inequality, Dennis J. Donahue9. Communal Coherence and Barriers to Reform, Liesl L. Gambold Miller10. The Ethnic Dimension of Adaptation and Change, Christopher Marsh and James W. Warhola11. What Turns the Kolkhoz into a Firm? Regional Policies and the Elasticity of Budget Constraint, Maria Amelina12. Reorganization and Its Discontents: A Case Study in Voronezh Oblast, Jessica Allina-PisanoPart Three Household and Village Adaptation to Change13. Adapting to Neglect: The Russian Peasant in the 1990s, Ethel Dunn14. Entrepreneurial Adaptations of Rural Households: Production, Sales, and Income, David J. O'Brien15. Adaptation Strategies of Agricultural Enterprises during Transformation, Zemfira Kalugina16. How Much Does Informal Support Matter? The Effect of Personal Networks on Subjective Evaluation of Life, Larry D. Dershem

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