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Title:
Russia in the new century : stability or disorder?
Author:
Bonnell, Victoria E.
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xii, 380 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1550 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780813390413
Format :
Book

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Summary

What has happened to Russia since the collapse of communism in 1991 and where is the country going in the new century? Russia has escaped widespread social disorder or political collapse, but few observers would argue that the situation has stabilized. Seventeen distinguished scholars from the United States, Russia, and Europe analyze the institutions, social forces, and ideas that are transforming Russia and are, in turn, being transformed in Russia today. The first multidisciplinary assessment of the Yeltsin era, Russia in the New Century: Stability or Disorder? focuses on superpresidentialism, the Constitutional Court, the military, the virtual economy, the network society, organized crime, the new entrepreneurs, workers, survival networks, Russian political parties and nationalism, and the crisis in Dagestan. Thirteen essays and the editors' introduction offer new perspectives on Russia's prospects for stability and disorder in the twenty-first century.


Author Notes

Victoria Bonnell is professor of sociology and director of the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of California,Berkeley. George W. Breslauer is Chancellor's Professor of Political Science, and Dean of the Social Sciences, at the University of California, Berkeley. Victoria Bonnell is professor of sociology and director of the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of California,Berkeley. George W. Breslauer is Chancellor's Professor of Political Science, and Dean of the Social Sciences, at the University of California, Berkeley.


Reviews 1

Choice Review

This multidimensional analysis of Yeltsin's Russia contains 14 articles, including the editors' introduction, which cover a variety of subjects related to modern Russia. Seventeen authors from Europe, Russia, and the US analyze four major topics, presented under the subtitles Politics, Economy, Society, and Nation. In the context of politics, the book discusses executive power, the Constitutional Court, and the crisis of the military institutions. In the economy chapters, it tackles the evolution of the nation's economic system, Russia's information technology industries, and problems of organized crime. The society section discusses new businessmen, the changes among the working class, and how women organized survival in Syktyvkar, capital of the Komi Republic. Lastly, the essays in the nation section deal with Russian political parties, nationalist and communist groups in their struggle for power in 1991-98, and the situation in Dagestan. Because the volume addresses urgent issues of Russia and the writing of most of the essays is well suited for different levels of readers, it could be useful for both Russia specialists and general readers. Y. Polsky West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Table of Contents

Victoria E. Bonnell and George W. BreslauerM. Steven FishGeorge W. BreslauerRobert SharletKimberly Marten ZiskClifford G. Gaddy and Barry W. IckesEmma Kiselyova and Manuel CastellsVictor M. SergeyevVictoria E. BonnellVictor ZaslavskyMichael Burawoy and Pavel Krotov and Tatyana LytkinaIgor ZevelevVeljko VujacicEdward W. Walker
List of Tables and Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Acronymsp. xi
Introduction
1 Informal Networks, Collective Action, and Sources of (In)stability in Russia: A Brief Overviewp. 3
Part I Politics
2 When More Is Less: Superexecutive Power and Political Underdevelopment in Russiap. 15
3 Personalism Versus Proceduralism: Boris Yeltsin and the Institutional Fragility of the Russian Systemp. 35
4 Russia's Second Constitutional Court: Politics, Law, and Stabilityp. 59
5 Institutional Decline in the Russian Military: Exit, Voice, and Corruptionp. 78
Part II Economy
6 Stability and Disorder: An Evolutionary Analysis of Russia's Virtual Economyp. 103
7 Russia in the Information Agep. 126
8 Organized Crime and Social Instability in Russia: The Alternative State, Deviant Bureaucracy, and Social Black Holesp. 158
Part III Society
9 Russia's New Entrepreneursp. 175
10 The Russian Working Class in Times of Transitionp. 201
11 Domestic Involution: How Women Organize Survival in a North Russian Cityp. 231
Part IV The Nation
12 The Redefinition of the Russian Nation, International Security, and Stabilityp. 265
13 Serving Mother Russia: The Communist Left and Nationalist Right in the Struggle for Power, 1991-1998p. 290
14 Dagestan and the Stability of Instability in the North Caucasusp. 326
About the Contributorsp. 358
Indexp. 363

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