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Exploring the tensions inherent in transition, this perceptive book offers a wide-ranging overview of the impact of democracy and capitalism on the former Soviet republics. Leading scholars assess the region's daunting problems in the key realms of privatization, democratization, foreign investment, agrarian reform, local governance, and market economics. Their analysis is enriched with a wealth of original data based on field research in Russia, Lithuania, and Kyrgystan. The contributors argue that the central dilemma facing all these fledgling countries is the inherent contradiction between the immediate pursuit of privatization and foreign investment and the long-term policy goal of democratization. The book focuses especially on how the Communist past and its authoritarian legacy still powerfully hinder economic transformation in ways that build public support for and legitimacy of democratic processes and institutions. Offering both theoretical and comparative perspectives on the far-reaching implications of nation-building and democratic transition, this valuable study will enable both students and scholars to comprehend the unique difficulties of transition.

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ISBN-13: 9780830415908
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Joel C. Moses is professor emeritus of political science at Iowa State University.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Chapter 1: Dilemmas of Transition in Post-Soviet Countries Chapter 3 The Russian Scenario of 1998–2001 Chapter 4 Origins of the Dilemma Chapter 5 Foreign Investment, Privatization, and Democratization Chapter 6 Conclustion Part 7 Chapter 2: Neoliberalism and Market Reforms in Rural Russia Chapter 8 The State and the Rural Sector: Conceptual Models Chapter 9 Neoliberalism and Market Reforms Chapter 10 The Consequences of State Withdrawal Chapter 11 The Politics of State Withdrawal Chapter 12 Trends under Putin Chapter 13 Conclusion Part 14 Chapter 3: Winding Down? International Assistance to the Former Soviet Union Chapter 15 Aid Conditionalities Chapter 16 Conditions on Bilateral Assistance to the Former Soviet Union Chapter 17 International Assistance in the Putin Era. Chapter 18 Conclusion Part 19 Chapter 4: Economic Resources and Political Power at the Local Level in Post-Soviet Russia Chapter 20 Local Government in the Soviet Union Chapter 21 Local Government in Post-Soviet Russia Chapter 22 Conclusions Chapter 23 More Recent Trends Part 24 Chapter 5: Privatization and Democratization in Lithuania: A Case Study of Who Benefits in Siauliai Chapter 25 Who Benefits? Chapter 26 Privatization in Siauliai: The Economic Consequences Chapter 27 Privatization in Siauliai: The Political Consequences Chapter 28 Denial of Voice? Chapter 29 Siauliai's Urban Regime Chapter 30 Siauliai's Urban Regime in the 2000s Chapter 31 Implications for Theory Part 32 Chapter 6: Do Russia's Regions Really Want Outside Investment? Special Economic Zones and "Off-Shores" in Post-Soviet Russia Chapter 33 Special Economic Zones in Russia Chapter 34 Internal "Off-Shores" Chapter 35 Federal Policy Toward Free Economic Zones and Off-Shores Part 36 Chapter 7: The Personal Risks of Party Development Chapter 37 Parties in the Post-Soviet Context Chapter 38 Impediments to Party Development: The Activists' Accounts Chapter 39 Limited Economic Autonomy Chapter 40 Current Professions Chapter 41 Regional Employment Opportunities Chapter 42 Sources of Economic Autonomy Chapter 43 Samara and Ul'ianovsk Chapter 44 'sh and Naryn Chapter 45 Market Reform and Democratization

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