Political Science

After Putin's Russia

Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain

Author: Stephen K. Wegren,Dale R. Herspring

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9780742557864

Category: Political Science

Page: 330

View: 4827

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.
Political Science

Putin's Russia

Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain

Author: Stephen K. Wegren

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442239190

Category: Political Science

Page: 372

View: 7124

Now in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated sixth edition, this classic text provides the most authoritative and current analysis available of the challenges facing Russia today. Leading scholars explore the daunting domestic and international problems confronting Putin. 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 has his own approach for dealing with the myriad problems facing Russia, emphasizing recentralization of power and a strong state. He has returned to power amid unresolved policy issues both domestically and from the international community. Only by understanding these concerns—and previous efforts to deal with them—will it be possible to understand the country’s trajectory. Well written and clearly organized, this text is an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to understand contemporary Russia. Contributions by: Alfred Evans, Kathleen J. Hancock, Timothy Heleniak, Kathryn Hendley, Dale R. Herspring, Janet Elise Johnson, Taylor René Lane, Maria Lipman, Jeffrey Mankoff, Alexander M. Nikulin, Alexandra Novitskaya, Nikolai Petrov, Thomas F. Remington, Richard Sakwa, Louise Shelley, Darrell Slider, Pekka Sutela, Andrei P. Tsygankov, Stephen K. Wegren.
History

Return to Putin's Russia

Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain

Author: Stephen K. Wegren

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442213469

Category: History

Page: 332

View: 775

upper-division courses on Government & Politics of Russia
Biography & Autobiography

Putin's Russia

past imperfect, future uncertain

Author: Dale Roy Herspring

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc

ISBN: 9780742553927

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 235

View: 6096

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.
Political Science

Social Rights in Russia

From Imperfect Past to Uncertain Future

Author: Eleanor Bindman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317553403

Category: Political Science

Page: 168

View: 7376

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.
History

The Return

Russia's Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev

Author: Daniel Treisman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416560726

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 1907

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.
Political Science

Can Russia Modernise?

Sistema, Power Networks and Informal Governance

Author: Alena V. Ledeneva

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107310431

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 2482

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.
Political Science

The Political Economy of Russia

Author: Neil Robinson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442210753

Category: Political Science

Page: 228

View: 4670

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

The Strong State in Russia

Development and Crisis

Author: Andrei P. Tsygankov

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199336210

Category: History

Page: 259

View: 5363

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.
Political Science

Politics In Russia: A Reader

Author: Joel M. Ostrow

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1608716503

Category: Political Science

Page: 488

View: 4769

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.
History

Russia and Eurasia 2017-2018

Author: Brent Hierman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1475835175

Category: History

Page: 338

View: 3589

Published and updated annually, Russia and Eurasia deals with the twelve independent republics that became members of the Commonwealth of Independent States following the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1992. The text focuses strongly on recent economic and political developments with shorter sections dealing with foreign policy, the military, religion, education, and specific cultural elements that help to define each republic and differentiate one from the other. Approximately one-third of the book is devoted to Russia, but also includes sections on Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. How the Commonwealth of Independent States came into being and how it has evolved since 1992 is also discussed. The combination of factual accuracy and up-to-date detail along with its informed projections make this an outstanding resource for researchers, practitioners in international development, media professionals, government officials, potential investors and students.
History

The Formation of the Soviet Union

Communism and Nationalism, 1917-1923

Author: Richard Pipes

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674309517

Category: History

Page: 365

View: 4318

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.
Education

Russia and Eurasia 2016-2017

Author: Brent Hierman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1475828993

Category: Education

Page: 330

View: 7290

Published and updated annually, Russia and Eurasia deals with the twelve independent republics that became members of the Commonwealth of Independent States following the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1992. The text focuses strongly on recent economic and political developments with shorter sections dealing with foreign policy, the military, religion, education, and specific cultural elements that help to define each republic and differentiate one from the other. Approximately one-third of the book is devoted to Russia, but also includes sections on Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. How the Commonwealth of Independent States came into being and how it has evolved since 1992 is also discussed. The combination of factual accuracy and up-to-date detail along with its informed projections make this an outstanding resource for researchers, practitioners in international development, media professionals, government officials, potential investors and students.
History

The Future is History

How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Author: Masha Gessen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 159463453X

Category: History

Page: 515

View: 8184

Putin's bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.
Humor

Are You a Miserable Old Bastard?

Quips, Quotes, And Tales From The Eternally Pessimistic

Author: Dr Andrew John,Stephen Blake

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1461746337

Category: Humor

Page: 176

View: 3559

Are You a Miserable Old Bastard? is a very funny book for the "inner curmudgeon" in us all, a highly amusing and wonderfully entertaining celebration of the grouchiness in life, for everyone who feels like it's always raining, both outside and in!
Political Science

Putin's Wars

The Rise of Russia's New Imperialism

Author: Marcel H. Van Herpen

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442253592

Category: Political Science

Page: 338

View: 1674

This fully updated book offers the first systematic analysis of Putin’s three wars, placing the Second Chechen War, the war with Georgia of 2008, and the war with Ukraine of 2014–2015 in their broader historical context. Drawing on extensive original Russian sources, Marcel H. Van Herpen analyzes in detail how Putin’s wars were prepared and conducted, and why they led to allegations of war crimes and genocide. He shows how the conflicts functioned to consolidate and legitimate Putin’s regime and explores how they were connected to a fourth, hidden, “internal war” waged by the Kremlin against the opposition. The author convincingly argues that the Kremlin—relying on the secret services, the Orthodox Church, the Kremlin youth “Nashi,” and the rehabilitated Cossacks—is preparing for an imperial revival, most recently in the form of a “Eurasian Union.” An essential book for understanding the dynamics of Putin’s regime, this study digs deep into the Kremlin’s secret long-term strategies. Readable and clearly argued, it makes a compelling case that Putin’s regime emulates an established Russian paradigm in which empire building and despotic rule are mutually reinforcing. As the first comprehensive exploration of the historical antecedents and political continuity of the Kremlin’s contemporary policies, Van Herpen’s work will make a valuable contribution to the literature on post-Soviet Russia, and his arguments will stimulate a fascinating and vigorous debate.
Political Science

Authoritarian Russia

Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes

Author: Vladimir Gel'man

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 0822980932

Category: Political Science

Page: 184

View: 7720

Russia today represents one of the major examples of the phenomenon of “electoral authoritarianism” which is characterized by adopting the trappings of democratic institutions (such as elections, political parties, and a legislature) and enlisting the service of the country’s essentially authoritarian rulers. Why and how has the electoral authoritarian regime been consolidated in Russia? What are the mechanisms of its maintenance, and what is its likely future course? This book attempts to answer these basic questions. Vladimir Gel’man examines regime change in Russia from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 to the present day, systematically presenting theoretical and comparative perspectives of the factors that affected regime changes and the authoritarian drift of the country. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s national political elites aimed to achieve their goals by creating and enforcing of favorable “rules of the game” for themselves and maintaining informal winning coalitions of cliques around individual rulers. In the 1990s, these moves were only partially successful given the weakness of the Russian state and troubled post-socialist economy. In the 2000s, however, Vladimir Putin rescued the system thanks to the combination of economic growth and the revival of the state capacity he was able to implement by imposing a series of non-democratic reforms. In the 2010s, changing conditions in the country have presented new risks and challenges for the Putin regime that will play themselves out in the years to come.
Political Science

Developments in Russian Politics 8

Author: Stephen White,Richard Sakwa,Henry E. Hale

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137392150

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 4385

Developments in Russian Politics 8 brings together a tightly-edited set of specially-commissioned chapters to provide a broad-ranging assessment of Putin's third term in power. Clearly and accessibly written, it will remain the introduction of choice to politics in the world's largest state.

I, Putin

A Novel

Author: Jennifer Ciotta

Publisher: Jennifer\Ciotta

ISBN: 9780615602523

Category:

Page: 210

View: 8047

Multi-Award-Winning, Original Novel about Vladimir Putin - Historical Fiction "Grab your copy of the fast-paced, thrilling novel about Russia's president instantly " Vladimir Putin, the enigmatic, controversial president of Russia, is faced with a decision so harrowing, it changes him forever. It's the year 2000. Newly elected President Putin is embattled after the "Kursk" submarine explodes and spirals into the abyss. 118 submariners are trapped. Outwardly, Putin seems not to care, but behind the scenes is another story. Meanwhile, the Russian people yearn for a response from their leader. Mass protests ignite across Russia. Does Putin save the sailors and unite his beloved motherland, or does he lose everything? Discover what motivates the man behind Russia. Is he the cold, ruthless leader you know, or is he...human? Winner of Honorable Mentions at the New York Book Festival & Hollywood Book Festival Entertaining and original, I, Putin is also well researched, and the author has an extensive background in Eastern European studies. Author Jennifer Ciotta received a master's degree in creative writing and Russian studies from the Gallatin School at New York University. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Estonia, a main setting of the novel, from 2000 to 2002. Fast-Paced, Thrilling, and Unique...Instantly read Industry Reviews "Brilliant glimpse inside the Russian soul." "Francis McGovern, publisher of Literary Traveler" "Very engaging storytelling." "Doug Noll, The Doug Noll Radio Show" "It's a novel that resembles the Russian president in many ways. It's controversial in many ways, yet a lot of the things deserve nothing but admiration." "Review Harbor" Unlock the mystery of who this leader is and how he's remained in power for so many years... Written from the perspective of a first-person Putin and his fictional personal aide Gosha, this novel is entertaining and unique...and informative. The author's goal was to provide a different view of the man behind Russia, because the Western media often provides a bias view of him. Read this intriguing novel and come to your own conclusions. Scroll up and grab your copy today