2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society

Edited By Graeme Gill Copyright 2023
    612 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This second edition of the highly respected Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society both provides a broad overview of the area and highlights cutting-edge research into the country.

    Through balanced theoretical and empirical investigation, each chapter examines both the Russian experience and the existing literature, identifies and exemplifies research trends, and highlights the richness of experience, history, and continued challenges inherent to this enduringly fascinating and shifting polity. Politically, economically, and socially, Russia has one of the most interesting development trajectories of any major country. This Handbook answers 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, the development of a market economy, and Russia’s likely place in the emerging new world order.

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

    Part 1: Introduction

    1. Introduction

    Graeme Gill

    2. The Yeltsin era

    Graeme Gill

    3. The Putin era

    Vladimir Gel’man

    4. Democratisation

    Richard Sakwa

    5. How Russia compares

    Rodney Tiffen

    Part 2: Politics

    6. Vladimir Putin: Great leader or ordinary authoritarian?

    Kenneth Wilson

    7. The Russian Constitution

    Elizabeth Teague

    8. The Presidency

    John P. Willerton

    9. The Federal Assembly: More than just a "rubber stamp"?

    Ben Noble and Paul Chaisty

    10. National elections in Russia

    Derek S. Hutcheson

    11. State intervention and Russia’s frozen dominant party system

    Regina Smyth

    12. Local government

    Nikolay Petrov

    13. Federalism and de-federalisation in Russia

    Cameron Ross

    14. Centre-regional relations in Russia

    Irina Busygina and Mikhail Filippov

    15. Politics in Russian regions

    Alexander Libman

    16. Decision-making

    Stephen Fortescue

    17. State capacity and Russia

    Andrei Melville

    18. Russia’s retreat from human rights

    William Pomeranz

    19. Protest and opposition

    Jan Matti Dollbaum

    20. The security services

    Kirill Shamiev and Bettina Renz

    21. The military

    Jennifer G. Mathers

    Part 3: Political economy

    22. Political economy

    Neil Robinson

    23. Crony capitalism in contemporary Russia and what globalisation has to do with it

    Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

    24. The Russian corporation: between neoliberalism and the security state

    Peter Rutland

    25. Russian international economic policy: Purposes and performance

    Steven Rosefielde

    Part 4: Society

    26. Russian population dynamics in the Putin era

    Leslie Root

    27. Inequality in Russia

    Svetlana Mareeva

    28. Russian labour: Between stability and stagnation

    Stephen Crowley

    29. Gender in Russia: State policy and lived reality

    Sarah Ashwin

    30. The rise of a hybrid welfare state in Putin’s Russia: Social welfare under authoritarianism

    Elena Maltseva

    31. Media and culture in Putin’s Russia

    Galina Miazhevich

    32. ICT in Putin’s Russia: 1999-2021

    Ilya Yablokov and Olga Solovyeva

    33. Symbolism and the transformation of the national historical narrative in post-Soviet Russia

    Olga Malinova

    34. The politics of memory

    Alexey Golubev and Fedor Nikolai

    35. Civil society and the state

    Leah Gilbert

    36. Informal politics

    Alena Ledeneva

    37. Corruption and organised crime in post-Soviet Russia

    Leslie Holmes

    38. Russian nationalism

    Jules Sergei Fediunin

    39. Ethnic relations

    Helge Blakkisrud

    40. Religion

    Thomas Bremer

    Part 5: Foreign policy

    41. Russian foreign policy and the challenge to the existing world order

    Roger E. Kanet

    42. Russian security policy and outlook

    Graeme P. Herd

    43. Russia’s attitudes and policies toward Ukraine

    Dmitri Trenin

    44. Russia and Belarus

    Rasmus Nilsson

    45. Russia’s foreign policy in Central Asia: in search of privileged partnership

    Kirill Nourzhanov

    46. The Kremlin’s reverse democracy: Relations with the Caucasus region

    Lilia A. Arakelyan

    47. US-Russian relations

    Angela Stent

    48. Russia and the European Union: The path to a strategic disengagement

    Andrey Kortunov

    49. Russia and China

    Natasha Kuhrt


    Graeme Gill is Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney, Australia.

    "Knowledge and understanding of Russian society and its political trajectories have seldom been more important than they are today. Graeme Gill, a highly respected and insightful Russian expert, has brought together, in this Handbook of remarkable scope, an outstanding international team of specialists who illuminate almost every aspect of post-Communist Russia "

    Archie Brown, University of Oxford, UK, and author of The Rise and Fall of Communism

    "This timely update provides a comprehensive and authoritative guide to Russian politics. Gill has brought together many of the world’s leading experts in a single volume, who are able to provide a state-of-the-art overview of current knowledge on their topic. An outstanding and indispensable contribution to Russian studies."

    Brian D. Taylor, Syracuse University, USA

    "This book combines excellent scholarship from the leading experts in the field of Russian politics and society with a broad and almost exhaustive range of addressed topics. Undoubtedly, this nuanced overview presented so nicely will be a useful read for both newbies and academics who specialise on Russia."

    Guzel Yusupova, SCRIPTS, Berlin, Germany