1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society

ISBN 9781138901957
Published March 20, 2015 by Routledge
498 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


'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