Russia And Eastern Europe After Communism
The Search For New Political, Economic, And Security Systems
Examining the key challenges confronting Russia and Eastern Europe, this multidisciplinary volume considers the constitutional, political, economic, security, and national identity issues facing these post-communist societies. Drawing upon both theory and case studies informed by newly available primary sources, leading U.S. and Russian specialists
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Post-Soviet Constitutionalism: Politics and Constitution-Making in Russia and Ukraine -- Endangered Citizenship -- Prospects for Democracy in Russia -- External Transformation in the Post-Communist Economies: Overview and Progress -- It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again: Russia’s Economic Reforms in the 1920s and 1990s -- Reforming Agriculture in Russia: The “Cursed Question” from Stolypin to Yeltsin -- Shock Therapy and After: Prospects for Russian Reform -- Is Russia’s Inflation Inevitable? Macroeconomic Policy in the Transition Period -- Russia’s Center-Periphery Fiscal Relations During Transition -- The Soft State and the Emergence of Russian Regional Politics -- “Internal Enemies, External Enemies”: Elites, Identity, and the Tragedy of Post-Soviet Georgia -- Returning to Europe, Separately: International Factors in Czechoslovakia’s Dissolution, 1989–92 -- Political Culture in Transition: Germany and the Return of the Communists -- Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and Stability in the Contemporary Interstate System -- Russia and the West: From Cold War to Cold Peace -- Courting the Generals: The Impact of Russia’s Constitutional Crisis on Yeltsin’s Foreign Policy -- The Price of a Bleacher Seat: Eastern Europe’s Entry into the World Political Economy
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.