Shaping the Economic Space in Russia
Decision Making Processes, Institutions and Adjustment to Change in the El'tsin Era
This title was first published in 2000: As the El'tsin era has now drawn to a close, numerous questions remain unanswered regarding the course of Russia's post-Communist traditions. El'tsin's exit from the presidential stage provides an opportunity to assess the achievements of Russia's multi-faceted reforms, to explain the factors that have most shaped the reform process, and to identify the trends that are likely to continue under a presidential successor. This volume embodies such an effort. Its contents are the product of a conference held in May 1999 at the Federal Institute for East European and International Studies in Cologne, Germany. The institute convened an international group of scholars, representing a variety of academic approaches to the study of transition economies in general, and Russia in particular. The title of this volume has been taken from the overarching theme of the conference. The goal was determine the extent to which pre-existing structures and norms of economic and political life have been fundamentally altered by the El'tsin administration's reform campaigns and how these factors themselves have influenced the reform process.
Table of Contents
Russian regionalism, policy-making and state development, Richard Sakwa; the legal substructure of market reforms in Russia - achievements and deficiencies, Alexander Trunk; the "oligarchs" - a force to reckon with? Hans-Henning Schroder; nothing learned, nothing forgotten - restructuring without reform in Russia's banking sector, William Tompson; adjustment to change - the case of the oil and gas industry, Valery Kryukov; down, out and forever desperate? The role of coal miners' protests in Russian politics, Heiko Pleines; Minatom - the last Soviet industrial ministry, Julian Cooper; the evolution of new institutions in the small business sector, Tat'yana Dolgopyatova; factors affecting entrepreneurial small businesses in Novgorod the Great, Patrick Taylor; structural change and distributional consequences in Russia's regional economies, Douglas Sutherland; the politics of Russia's regions - a comparative perspective, Vladimir Gel'man; creating social capital in Russia - the "Novgorod Model", Nicolai N. Petro; the moral embeddedness of the market - conceptualising post-Soviet transformations, Melanie Tatur; institutional legacy of the old regime as a constraint to reform - the case of fiscal policy, Gerald Easter; the subversion of democracy in Russia - an informal practice perspective, Alena V. Ledeneva.