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How Russia Is Not Ruled : Reflections on Russian Political Development - Allen C. Lynch

How Russia Is Not Ruled

Reflections on Russian Political Development

Paperback Published: 11th May 2005
ISBN: 9780521549929
Number Of Pages: 290

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The state remains as important to Russia's prospects as ever. This is so not only because, as in any society, an effectively functioning state administration is necessary to the proper functioning of a complex economy and legal system, but also because, in Russian circumstances, factors of economic geography tend to increase costs of production compared to the rest of the world. These mutually reinforcing factors include: the extreme severity of the climate, the immense distances to be covered, the dislocation between (European) population centers and (Siberian) natural resource centers, and the inevitable predominance of relatively costly land transportation over sea-borne transportation. As a result, it is questionable whether Russia can exist as a world civilization under predominantly liberal economic circumstances: in a unified liberal global capital market, large-scale private direct capital investment will not be directed to massive, outdoor infrastructure projects typical of state investment in the Soviet period.

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"...a challenging and thought-provoking read that should be considered alongside more sanguine forecasts about Russia's future." -Neil Robinson, University of Limerick, The Russian Review "This study should set the standard for what is means to take Russia's problems seriously." -Venelin I. Ganev, Miami University of Ohio, Perspectives on Politics "Lynch's use of both historical expertise and methodological skills is impressive. The book constructs a very detailed and complicated picture that draws on a broad and profound interdisciplinary knowledge." -Grazyna Skapska, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, Slavic Review "...elegantly written and carefully crafted book...this book reflects excellent scholarship and deserves a broad readership." -Reneo Lukic, Universite Laval a Quebec, International Journal

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
On the Importance of the State in the Russian Settingp. 1
The Argument of the Bookp. 10
The Organization of the Bookp. 16
Historical Patterns of Russian Political Developmentp. 18
The Argumentp. 18
Specification of Termsp. 20
A European Pattern of Political Developmentp. 21
Conditions Governing Russian Successp. 24
The Distinctiveness of Russia's Patrimonial Absolutismp. 31
The Facts of Lifep. 36
Implicationsp. 37
Costs of Security and Costs of Productionp. 41
Soviet Legacies for Post-Soviet Russiap. 47
Introductionp. 47
The Argumentp. 49
Economic Legacies: Isolation and Relative Backwardnessp. 51
Militarization of the Economyp. 52
Social Legacies: Fragmentation and Exhaustionp. 54
Social Organization and Political Regimep. 58
Tidal Waves of Violencep. 66
Positive Legaciesp. 70
The Legacy of Soviet Collapse: Stealing the Statep. 73
Russia's Path-Dependent Matrixp. 82
The 1990s in Russia: A New Time of Troubles?p. 85
Introductionp. 85
Worst-Case Scenarios Failed to Occurp. 86
Another Russian Experimentp. 87
The Russian Macroeconomyp. 88
Paths Taken and Notp. 92
Social Aspectsp. 99
Russia's Silent Screamp. 107
How do Russians Get By at All?p. 108
The Militaryp. 111
The Condition of Russian Sciencep. 117
The Rise of Post-Soviet Russian Crimep. 121
Conclusionp. 127
Russia's "Neopatrimonial" Political System, 1992-2004p. 128
Introductionp. 128
General Prerequisites of Democracyp. 131
Specific Tensions in Postcommunist Reform Processesp. 132
The Early Course of Reformp. 134
Foreign Reinforcementsp. 137
Russia's Political Institutionsp. 140
Russia's Electoral Historyp. 146
The "Pays Reel": The System of Presidential Authorityp. 152
From Yeltsin to Putinp. 155
Putin and the Consolidation of Russia's Neopatrimonial Systemp. 159
Conclusionp. 163
The Russian 1990s in Comparative Perspectivep. 166
Introductionp. 166
Institutions and Valuesp. 170
Russia in the Postcommunist Contextp. 173
Conclusions on Russia Compared to East-Central Europep. 183
Russia Compared to the G-7 Worldp. 186
Other Points of Comparisonp. 189
Conclusionsp. 193
What Future for Russia? Liberal Economics and Illiberal Geographyp. 195
Introductionp. 195
Structural or Conjunctural Factors in Russia's Favor?p. 198
Infrastructure, Asset Depreciation, and Direct Capital Investmentp. 201
The Decision to Investp. 205
The Influence of Late-Soviet Developments on Post-Soviet Prospectsp. 205
Long-Term Consequences of Russia's Decade-Long Depressionp. 208
After the Crashp. 210
Enabling Conditions of Russian Recovery: Politics versus Geography?p. 220
Conclusionsp. 234
Conclusionsp. 239
Summing Upp. 239
Twelve Theses on the Influence of Domestic Factors on Russia's World Rolep. 243
Select Bibliographyp. 257
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ISBN: 9780521549929
ISBN-10: 0521549922
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 11th May 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39