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Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society

1st Edition

Edited by Graeme Gill, James Young


484 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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There is an ever-burgeoning number of books analyzing the Russian experience, or aspects of it. This Handbook is the first single volume which gives both a broad survey of the literature as well as highlighting the cutting edge research in the area. Through both empirical data and theoretical investigation each chapter in the Routledge Handbook Russian of Politics and Society examines both the Russian experience and the existing literature, points to research trends, and identifies issues that remain to be resolved.

Offering focused studies of the key elements of Russian social and political life, the book is organized into the following broad themes:

  • General introduction
  • Political institutions
  • Political Economy
  • Society
  • Foreign Policy

Politically, economically, and socially, Russia has one of the most interesting development trajectories of any major country. This Handbook seeks to answer questions about democratic transition, the relationship between the market and democracy, stability and authoritarian politics, the development of civil society, the role of crime and corruption, and the creation of a market economy.

Providing a comprehensive resource for scholars and policy makers alike, this book is an important contribution to the study of Russian Studies, Eastern European studies, and International Relations.


'The Handbook is an excellent tool for taking stock of where the Russian political system stands at the threshold of the new Putin presidency. Contributors to the Handbook have the luxury of space to expand on essential topics in ways that broaden readers' understandings and perspectives. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduate students and above.' - Choice, July 2012

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction 1. The Yeltsin Era Graeme Gill 2. The Putin Era Ronald J. Hill 3. The Medvedev Presidency Graeme Gill 4.Democratisation Richard Sakwa 5. How Russia Compares Rodney Tiffen Part II: Politics 6. The Russian Constitution Gordon B. Smith 7. Presidency John P. Willerton 8. The Federal Assembly and the Power Vertical Paul Chaisty 9. The Duma’s Electoral System: Lessons in Endogeneity Bryon Moraski 10.Political Parties Regine Smyth 11. Communism Luke March 12. Federalism and De-Federalisation in Russia Cameron Ross 13. Regional Government Darrell Slider 14. Local Government Tomila Lankina 15. The Bureaucracy Eugene Huskey 16. Law Courts and Human Rights Eugene Huskey 17. Crime and Corruption Leslie Holmes 18. The Russian Power Ministries and Security Services Bettina Renz 19. The Military Dmitry Gorenburg 20. The Russo-Chechen Conflict James Hughes Part III: Political Economy 21. The Political Economy of Contemporary Russia William Tompson 22. Russia’s Market Economic Reforms Anders Aslund 23. The Russian Economy and Business-Government Relations Stephen Fortescue 24. The Business Sector in Post-Soviet Russia Peter Rutland Part IV: Society 25. Class Stephen Crowley 26. Russian Labour Linda J. Cook 27. Gender Sarah Ashwin 28. Media Sarah Oates 29. Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour Stephen White 30. Civil Society Leah Gilbert & Harley Balzer 31. Informality and Informal Politics Alena Ledeneva 32. Russian Nationalism John Brookfield 33. Religion Thomas Bremmer 34. Health and Health Policy Judy Twigg Part V: Foreign Policy 35. Russian Foreign Policy Natasha Kuhrt 36. Russia and the States of the Former Soviet Union Robert Donaldson 37. Russia and Europe Anna Jonsson 38. Reset? Russian Perspectives on US-Russian Relations Carol R. Saivetz 39. Russian Foreign Policy in Asia Gilbert Rozman

About the Editors

Graeme Gill is Professor of Government and Public Administration in the University of Sydney, Australia

James Young works in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General