Crises in the Post‐Soviet Space: From the dissolution of the Soviet Union to the conflict in Ukraine, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Crises in the Post‐Soviet Space

From the dissolution of the Soviet Union to the conflict in Ukraine, 1st Edition

Edited by Felix Jaitner, Tina Olteanu, Tobias Spöri


270 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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The breakup of the Soviet Union led to the creation of new states and territorial conflicts of different levels of intensity. Scrutinising the post‐Soviet period, this volume offers explanations for both the frequency and the intensity of crises in the region.

This book argues that the societies which emerged in the post-Soviet space share characteristic features, and that the instability and conflict-prone nature of the Soviet Union’s successor states can be explained by analysing the post-independence history of the region and linking it to the emergence of overlapping economic, political and violent crises (called 'Intersecting Crises Phenomena’). Transformation itself is shown to be a decisive process and, while acknowledging specific national and regional characteristics and differences, the authors demonstrate its shared impact. This comparison across countries and over time presents patterns of crisis and crisis management common to all the successor states. It disentangles the process, highlighting the multifaceted features of post-Soviet crises and draws upon the concept of crisis to determine the tipping points of post-Soviet development.

Especially useful for scholars and students dealing with the Soviet successor states, this book should also prove interesting to those researching in the fields of communist and post‐communist Studies, Eurasian politics, international relations and peace and conflict studies.

Table of Contents


  1. Crises in the Post-Soviet Space – From the Dissolution of the Soviet Union to an Area of ‘Intersecting Crises Phenomena’?
  2. Felix Jaitner, Tina Olteanu, Tobias Spöri 

    PART I Mapping post-Soviet Crises

  3. The dissolution of the Soviet Union and its consequences
  4. Dieter Segert 

  5. Divergent Social and Economic Consequences of Transformation in Post-communist States
  6. David Lane

  7. Divergent Political-Economic Trajectories: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
  8. Joachim Becker

    PART II Crises of Belongings

  9. Creating the History of the Future: Russian Historical Memory in the Era of the Ukrainian Crisis
  10. Victor Apryshchenko 

  11. Ukraine: The Dynamics of Cross-Cutting Cleavages During Quadruple Transition
  12. Olena Podolian and Valentyna Romanova 

  13. Ethnic Divides in the Baltic States: Political Orientations after the Russian–Ukrainian Crisis
  14. Joakim Ekman and Kjetil Duvold 

  15. 'Stability's End: The Political Economy of Russia's Intersecting Crises Since 2009
  16. Ilya Matveev

  17. The making of Ukraine’s multilevel crisis: transnational capitalism, neoliberal kleptocrats, and dispossession
  18. Yuliya Yurchenko

  19. Ukraine’s Frozen Transformation. State Capture, Nationalising Policies and Shifting Geopolitics
  20. Klaus Müller

  21. "Decline of the Demos: Latvia, the Face of New Europe and Austerity’s Return"
  22. Jeffrey Sommers 

    PART IV Crises of Political Power

  23. Chechnya: A Study of a Post-Soviet Conflict
  24. Emil Aslan Souleimanov, Jasper Schwampe and Sofie Bedford

  25. Azerbaijan between Post-Socialist Crisis and Fragile Stability
  26. Hannes Meissner

  27. Kazakhstan’s political and economic development and the role of the ruling elites
  28. Julia Kusznir 

  29. Conclusion: The Ukraine conflict as a result of post-Soviet crises development

Felix Jaitner, Tina Olteanu, Tobias Spöri


About the Editors

Tina Olteanu is a Professor of Political Science at the Department for Political Science at the University of Vienna, Austria. Her research interests are democracy and democratization, participation and corruption research mainly in Eastern Europe but also in a European comparative perspective.

Felix Jaitner is a doctoral student at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna. His research is focused on uneven and peripheral development, the transformation process in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space and state theory.

Tobias Spöri is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna. His research deals with political participation, the legacy of state socialism and the transformation of post-socialist Europe since 1989/1991.

About the Series

Post-Soviet Politics

Post-Soviet Politics
The last decade has seen rapid and fundamental change in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Although there has been considerable academic comment on these changes over the years, detailed empirical and theoretical research on the transformation of the post-Soviet space is only just beginning to appear as new paradigms are developed to explain change. Post-Soviet Politics is a series focusing on the politics of change in the states of the former USSR. The series publishes original work that blends theoretical development with empirical research on post-Soviet politics. The series includes work that progresses comparative analysis of post-Soviet politics, as well as case study research on political change in individual post-Soviet states. The series features original research monographs, thematically strong edited collections and specialized texts. Uniquely, this series brings together the complete spectrum of work on post-Soviet politics, providing a voice for academics world wide.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union