What has happened to Russia since the collapse of communism in 1991 and where is the country going in the new century? Russia has escaped widespread social disorder or political collapse, but few observers would argue that the situation has stabilized. Seventeen distinguished scholars from the United States, Russia, and Europe analyze the institutions, social forces, and ideas that are transforming Russia and are, in turn, being transformed in Russia today. The first multidisciplinary assessment of the Yeltsin era, Russia in the New Century: Stability or Disorder? focuses on superpresidentialism, the Constitutional Court, the military, the virtual economy, the network society, organized crime, the new entrepreneurs, workers, survival networks, Russian political parties and nationalism, and the crisis in Dagestan. Thirteen essays and the editors' introduction offer new perspectives on Russia's prospects for stability and disorder in the twenty-first century.
* Acknowledgments * List of Tables and Figures Introduction * 1. Informal Networks, Collective Action, and Sources of (In)stability in Russia: A Brief Overview * Victoria E. Bonnell and George W. Breslauer Part I: Politics * 2. When More Is Less: Superexecutive Power and Political Underdevelopment in Russia * M.Steven Fish * 3. Personalism Versus Proceduralism: Boris Yeltsin and the Institutional Fragility of the Russian System * George W. Breslauer * 4. Russia's Second Constitutional Court: Politics, Law, and Stability * Robert Sharlet * 5. Institutional Decline in the Russian Military: Exit, Voice, and Corruption * Kimberly Marten Zisk Part II: Economy * 6. Stability and Disorder: An Evolutionary Analysis of Russia's Virtual Economy * Clifford G. Gaddy and Barry W. Ickes * 7. Russia in the Information Age * Emma Kiselyova and Manuel Castells * 8. Organized Crime and Social Instability in Russia: The Alternative State, Deviant Bureaucracy, and Social Black Holes * Victor M. Sergeyev Part III: Society * 9. Russia's New Entrepreneurs * Victoria E. Bonnell * 10. The Russian Working Class in Times of Transition * Victor Zaslavsky * 11. Domestic Involution: How Women Organize Survival in a North Russian City * Michael Burawoy, Pavel Krotov, and Tatyana Lytkina Part IV: The Nation * 12. The Redefinition of the Russian Nation, International Security, and Stability * Igor Zevelev * 13. Serving Mother Russia: The Communist Left and Nationalist Right in the Struggle for Power, 1991-1998 * Veljko Vujacic * 14. Dagestan and the Stability of Instability in the North Caucasus * Edward W. Walker * Index