Russia's Path from Gorbachev to Putin The Demise of the Soviet System and the New Russia

ISBN-10: 0415701473
ISBN-13: 9780415701471
Edition: 2007
Authors: Fred Weir, David Kotz
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List price: $73.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Over the past few years, many of the former Communist-rule countries of Central and Eastern Europe have taken a steady path toward becoming more or less normal capitalist countriesnbsp;- with Poland and Hungary cases in point. Russia, on the other hand, has experienced extreme difficulties in its attempted transition to capitalism and democracy. The pursuit of Western-endorsed policies of privatization, liberalization and fiscal austerity have brought Russia growing crime and corruption, a distorted economy and a trend toward authoritarian government. In their 1996 book for Routledgenbsp;- Revolution from Above nbsp;- David Kotz and Fred Weir shed light on the underlying reasons for the 1991 demise of the Soviet Union and the severe economic and political problems of the immediate post-Soviet period in Russia. In this new book, the authors bring the story up to date, showing how continuing misguided policies have entrenched a group of super-rich oligarchs,in alliance with an all-powerful presidency, while further undermining Russia's economic potential. New topics include the origins of the oligarchs, the deep penetration of crime and corruption in Russian society, the financial crisis that almost destroyed the regime, the mixed blessing of an oil-dependent economy, the atrophy of democracy in the Yeltsin years, and the recentralization of political power in the Kremlin under President Putin.

Introduction
The Soviet System
Socialism and the Soviet System
Growth, Stagnation, and the Origins of Perestroika
Perestroika and the Demise of the Soviet System
Glasnost and the Intelligentsia
Economic Reform
Democratization
The PartyG1/4"State Elite and the Pro-Capitalist Coalition
The Struggle for Power
The Socioeconomic and Political Evolution of Post-Soviet Russia (old title: Aftermath of the Soviet Demise)
The Neoliberal Transition Strategy (old titl<$$$>

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