Russian Path Dependence: A People with a Troubled History

Russian Path Dependence: A People with a Troubled History

by Stefan Hedlund
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415354005

ISBN-13: 9780415354004

Pub. Date: 04/19/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Russia's transition to a market economy has been tortuous to say the least. However, this book argues that the arguments and counter-arguments that pitch shock therapy against gradualism are wide of the mark and quite pointless.
Indeed, the reasons for the warped outcomes can actually be traced back through the long sweep of Russian history. Decisions made in

Overview

Russia's transition to a market economy has been tortuous to say the least. However, this book argues that the arguments and counter-arguments that pitch shock therapy against gradualism are wide of the mark and quite pointless.
Indeed, the reasons for the warped outcomes can actually be traced back through the long sweep of Russian history. Decisions made in the distant past can fully influence policy- making in the present. Hedlund's thesis can, like this, be seen as influenced by the 'path dependency' theories of Paul David among others.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415354004
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/19/2005
Series:
Routledge Studies in the European Economy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. History Matters Part 2: The Setting 2. Stationary Bandits 3. Successor States Part 3: The Lock-In 4. Lords of all Rus 5. The Only True Christians 6. The Patrimonial State Part 4: The Path Dependence 7. The Apogee of Patrimonialism 8. Failures to Break Out 9. Back to Muscovy Part 5: Breaking with the Past 10. Another Time of Troubles 11. Muscovy Reconstituted 12. Achieving Credible Commitment

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