1st Edition

Culture, Political Economy and Civilisation in a Multipolar World Order The Case of Russia

By Ray Silvius Copyright 2017
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book seeks to understand how Russia’s multifaceted rejection of American unipolarity and de-territorialised neo-liberal capitalism has contributed to the gestation of the present multipolar moment in the global political economy. Analysing Western world order precepts via the actions of a powerful, albeit precarious, national political economy and state structure situated on the periphery of Western world order, Silvius explores the manner in which culture and ideas are mobilised for the purposes of national, regional and international political and economic projects in a post-global age.

    The book:

    • Explains and analyses the tensions of post-Soviet Russia’s integration into, and simultaneous partial rejection of, the capitalist global political economy.
    • Provides an overview of the social, political and historical origins of Russian samobytnost’ (uniqueness) after the fall of the Soviet Union and demonstrates their significance to contemporary understandings of world order.
    • Explores how structures of cultural difference and practices of cultural differentiation interact with the normative legacies of American hegemonic aspirations in contemporary world order structures.
    • Evaluates how cultural and civilisational representations are mobilised for state-projects and their corresponding regional and international dimensions within the global political economy.

    This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Russian Foreign Policy, IPE and comparative political economy.

    Chapter 1: Introduction and Methodology

    Chapter 2: A Critical Historicism for Post-Soviet Russia within International Political Economy

    Chapter 3: Examining Russia’s Post-Communist Transitional Political Economy

    Chapter 4: The Embedding of Russian State-Sanctioned Multipolarity in the Post-Soviet Conjuncture

    Chapter 5: The Russian State, Eurasianism, and Civilisations in the Contemporary Global Political Economy

    Chapter 6: Aleksandr Dugin’s Eurasianism: Co-opting or Co-opted in Russia’s Putin era Civilizational Project?

    Chapter 7: The Legacy of Vladislav Surkov: Regime Sanctioned Culture in the Service of National Political Economy

    Chapter 8: Conclusion



    Ray Silvius is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. He writes on international political economy, Russia, the emerging multipolar world order, and the political economy of refugees.