Putin s Russia

Author: Stephen K. Wegren
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 9781538114278
Release Date: 2018-11-13
Genre: Political Science

Now in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated edition, this classic text provides the most authoritative and current analysis of contemporary Russia. Leading scholars explore the daunting domestic and international problems Russia confronts, considering a comprehensive array of economic, political, foreign policy, and social issues. Putin’s approach for dealing with his country’s challenges emphasizes recentralization of power and a strong state. He has returned to power for a fourth term amidst unresolved policy issues both domestically and from the international community. Only by understanding these challenges—and previous efforts to deal with them—will it be possible to understand the trajectory for Russia. Well written and clearly organized, this text is an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to understand contemporary Russia.

Return to Putin s Russia

Author: Stephen K. Wegren
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442213463
Release Date: 2012-10-25
Genre: History

upper-division courses on Government & Politics of Russia

Putin s Russia

Author: Dale Roy Herspring
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN: 0742553922
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This thoroughly revised and updated edition of the classic text provides the most current and authoritative assessment of Russia available. Distinguished scholars offer a full-scale assessment of Putin's leadership, exploring the daunting domestic and international problems facing Russia today. Evaluating the regime's continued efforts to rebuild a country in shambles, the contributors consider a comprehensive array of economic, political, and social issues. In addition to updated core chapters, the book includes new essays on Putin's leadership, law, foreign policy, and the decline of democracy. The book concludes that Putin will continue to address his country's problems in an incremental and centralized manner as he moves toward his goal of restoring Russia to the status of a world power.

After Putin s Russia

Author: Stephen K. Wegren
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 0742557863
Release Date: 2009-08-16
Genre: Political Science

A fifth edition of this book is now available. Now in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated edition, this classic text provides the most authoritative and current analysis available of contemporary Russia and the challenges facing Vladimir Putin and his successor, Dmitri Medvedev. Leading scholars discuss the social, political, and security issues that confronted Putin, as well as his successes and failures in dealing with them. The contributors conclude that Putin's influence will continue to be felt for years to come, not only because he remains powerful in his new post as prime minister but because he laid the groundwork for dealing with the many problems still confronting Russia. Clearly written and organized, this text is an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to understand Russia today.

Social Rights in Russia

Author: Eleanor Bindman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317553403
Release Date: 2017-10-16
Genre: Political Science

Russia's human rights record, especially violations of the right to life, liberty and freedom of expression, has been the subject of much international concern. Social, or welfare, rights, on the other hand, including the right to housing, health and access to social security, have received much less attention. This book explores the changing position in Russia towards such social rights. It explores how social rights are defined in Russia and why they are contested, and discusses how increasing liberalisation and privatisation have radically changed the very extensive former communist welfare system. It considers recent initiatives by both Putin and Medvedev to re-emphasise the role of the state in providing social services, and shows how activism to secure social benefits, especially at the local level, is relatively strong. The book concludes by assessing how social rights and welfare are likely to develop in Russia in a world increasingly concerned with austerity and the transformation of citizens into 'market citizens', where attitudes towards social rights remain less than favourable.

The Political Economy of Russia

Author: Neil Robinson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442210752
Release Date: 2012-07
Genre: Political Science

upper-division courses on Government & Politics of Russia. Promote with Wegren/After Putin's Russia 5e--email to Wegren adopters?

The Return

Author: Daniel Treisman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416560722
Release Date: 2012-01-10
Genre: History

The author of Without a Map assesses modern-day Russia to consider such topics as whether the collapse of the Soviet Union was preventable, Yeltsin's impact on political order and Putin's public popularity.

Rethinking the Soviet Experience

Author: Stephen F. Cohen
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195040166
Release Date: 1986
Genre: History

Written in 1985, this book cuts through the Cold War stereotypes of the Soviet Union to arrive at fresh interpretations of that country's traumatic history and later political realities. The author probes Soviet history, society, and politics to explain how the U.S.S.R. remained stable from revolution through the mid-1980s.

Can Russia Modernise

Author: Alena V. Ledeneva
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107310438
Release Date: 2013-02-14
Genre: Political Science

In this original, bottom-up account of the evolution of contemporary Russia, Alena Ledeneva seeks to reveal how informal power operates. Concentrating on Vladimir Putin's system of governance - referred to as sistema - she identifies four key types of networks: his inner circle, useful friends, core contacts and more diffuse ties and connections. These networks serve sistema but also serve themselves. Reliance on networks enables leaders to mobilise and to control, yet they also lock politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen into informal deals, mediated interests and personalised loyalty. This is the 'modernisation trap of informality': one cannot use the potential of informal networks without triggering their negative long-term consequences for institutional development. Ledeneva's perspective on informal power is based on in-depth interviews with sistema insiders and enhanced by evidence of its workings brought to light in court cases, enabling her to draw broad conclusions about the prospects for Russia's political institutions.

Turn of the Tortoise

Author: T. N. Ninan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190603014
Release Date: 2017
Genre: India

Originally published by Allen Lane, New Delhi, in 2015.

Politics In Russia A Reader

Author: Joel M. Ostrow
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 9781608716500
Release Date: 2012-06-26
Genre: Political Science

Covering the major contours of any Russian politics course, and comprehensive enough to serve as a core text, this new reader includes sections from the Soviet political system and its collapse, to the debate about post-Communist transition and efforts toward political and economic reform. A former journalist who worked in Russia, Ostrow's substantial headnotes blend needed background with insights from his experience, to create a nuanced treatment of Russian politics.

The Strong State in Russia

Author: Andrei P. Tsygankov
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199336210
Release Date: 2014
Genre: History

The Russian state presents a mystery to outside observers. Although Russia was the site of some of the last century's most radical upheavals, and although Russian governments are usually characterized by autocracy, corruption, and political decay, the central government has retained a remarkable hold on the vast country. Does its historical progress represent change, or continuity? How has the political culture molded the expectations and behavior of the Russian people over time? What features of the Russian state are the keys to understanding it? The Strong State in Russia provides a succinct account of Russia's "strong state" model by reviewing the external and internal contexts in each major period and tracing its evolution over time. Every era saw the emergence and growth of a strong state as well as a subsequent decline, but in each the contexts combined in unique ways to produce very different political outcomes. Tsygankov argues that while the Western perspective on Russia is limited, there is an alternative way of thinking about the nation and its problems. Despite focusing on the contemporary Russian state, the book situates it in a broader historical continuity and explains that the roots of its development can be found in the Tsar's autocratic system. Russia's strong state has evolved and survived throughout centuries, and that alone suggests its historical vitality and possible future revival. From this perspective, the central scholarly question is not whether Russia will recreate a strong state, but, rather, what kind of a strong state it will be, and under which circumstances it will likely function.

The Formation of the Soviet Union

Author: Richard Pipes
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674309510
Release Date: 1964
Genre: History

Here is the history of the disintegration of the Russian Empire, and the emergence, on its ruins, of a multinational Communist state. In this revealing account, Richard Pipes tells how the Communists exploited the new nationalism of the peoples of the Ukraine, Belorussia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Volga-Ural area--first to seize power and then to expand into the borderlands. The Formation of the Soviet Union acquires special relevance in the post-Soviet era, when the ethnic groups described in the book once again reclaimed their independence, this time apparently for good. In a 1996 Preface to the Revised Edition, Pipes suggests how material recently released from the Russian archives might supplement his account.

Soviet Communism from Reform to Collapse

Author: Robert Vincent Daniels
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: WISC:89054829924
Release Date: 1995
Genre: History

This anthology of documents and essays examines the transformation and ultimate demise of communism in the former Soviet Union during the Gorbachev era. The selections address cultural and social ferment, political events, economic and technological change, military, diplomacy, ideology, and resurgence of nationalism and ethnic conflicts.