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Energy As a Contested Domain. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1903303
  • October 2008
  • 64 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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Russia’s growing influence as a major energy
exporter has moved the nation’s
energy policy to the forefront of international
attention. This book focuses on Russia’s policy
toward foreign direct investment in the energy
sector, aiming to find explanations for the
following puzzle: why, in the presence of an
objective need for FDI in the sector, Russia’s
policy toward such investment has featured apparent
inconsistencies and repeated reversals of positions?
Looking beyond the usual simplified claim
of “economic nationalism,” the work tries to deliver
a more nuanced analysis. The author explores the
varied interests of domestic actors and
stakeholders, highlights the connection between the
opaque character of the policy and the difficult
progress of the liberal reforms initiated in 2000,
and examines the impact of Soviet legacies on
Russia’s adaptation to global challenges, as
manifest in its stance on FDI. This book
will be useful to policy analysts and political
scientists interested in the complex nature of
internal energy policy-making in Russia - a topic
that has so far received little attention in the
Western media.

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Yana Zabanova.
Yana Zabanova holds a Master’s degree in International Relations
and European Studies from Central European University and has
conducted research at the German Institute for
Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin. Her fields of interest
include the Russian energy policy and reform processes in
the oil, gas, and electricity sectors.

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