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2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society

Edited By

Graeme Gill

ISBN 9781032110523
Published December 23, 2022 by Routledge
612 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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