The conference on "Russia and East Europe in Transition," held at Middlebury College in May 1994 under the auspices of the Center for Russian and East European Studies, provided the impetus for this volume. The two-day gathering was made possible by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the Jessica Swift Endowed Lecture Fund of Middlebury College, for which we are most grateful. Apart from the contributors to this volume, the conference participants included: George Bellerose, Raymond E. Benson, Valery Chalidze, Michael Claudon, David Colander, Guntram H. Herb, Lars Lib, Tamar Mayer, Noah M.J. Pickus, Sunder Ramaswamy, David A. Rosenberg, and Mitchell Smith. Acting as discussants, panel chairs, or interested participants, their efforts, individually and collectively, have made this a better book and their contribution to this project is gratefully acknowledged.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures -- Preface -- About the Book and Editors -- About the Contributors -- Introduction /Michael Kraus and Ronald D. Liebowitz -- 1 Post-Soviet Constitutionalism: Politics and Constitution-Making in Russia and Ukraine /Robert Sharlet -- 2 Endangered Citizenship /Julie Mostov -- 3 Prospects for Democracy in Russia /Robert V. Daniels -- 4 External Transformation in the Post-Communist Economies: Overview and Progress /Ben Slay -- 5 It's Deja Vu All Over Again: Russia's Economic Reforms in the 1920s and 1990s /Nikolay Shmelyov -- 6 Reforming Agriculture in Russia: The "Cursed Question" from Stolypin to Yeltsin /David A.]. MJzcey -- 7 Shock Therapy and After: Prospects for Russian Reform /Padma Desai -- 8 Is Russia's Inflation Inevitable? Macroeconomic Policy in the Transition Period /Vladimir Popov -- 9 Russia's Center-Periphery Fiscal Relations During Transition /Ronald D. Liebowitz -- 10 The Soft State and the Emergence of Russian Regional Politics, Peter] /Stavrakis -- 11 "Internal Enemies, External Enemies": Elites, Identity, and the Tragedy of Post-Soviet Georgia /Robert English -- 12 Returning to Europe, Separately: International Factors in Czechoslovakia's Dissolution, 1989-92 /Michael Kraus -- 13 Political Culture in Transition: Germany and the Return of the Communists /Laurence McFalls -- 14 Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and Stability in the Contemporary Interstate System /Russell J. Leng -- 15 Russia and the West: From Cold War to Cold Peace /Robert C. Tucker -- 16 Courting the Generals: The Impact of Russia's Constitutional Crisis on Yeltsin's Foreign Policy /Allison K. Stanger -- 17 The Price of a Bleacher Seat: Eastern Europe's Entry into the World Political Economy /Ronald H. Linden -- Index.
Michael Kraus is Professor of Political Science and Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College. A native of Prague, he received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. Dr. Kraus is co-editor of Perestroika and East-West Economic Relations: Prospects for the 1990s, and the author of articles on Soviet, Russian, and Eastern European politics. He has received grants from the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, the Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the International Research and Exchanges Board. In addition, he has been a resident scholar at Harvard, Columbia, and George Washington Universities. Currently, he is conducting research on the politics of the Czech-Slovak split. Ronald D. Liebowitz is Vice President of Middlebury College and Professor of Geography and Russian and East European Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Liebowitz is editor of Gorbachev’s "New Thinking": Prospects for Joint Economic Ventures and co-editor of Perestroika and East-West Economic Relations: Prospects for the 1990s. He is also the author of articles on Soviet regional investment and topics in political geography. Dr. Liebowitz has received support for his research from the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, the Kennan Institute, and the International Research and Exchanges Board. His current research focuses on center-periphery relations in Russia and the Soviet successor states.