Part I outlines why crises have been perennial problems for Russia. It focusses on the ways that state weakness undermined the USSR and prompted its collapse under Mikhail Gorbachev, and unpacks Boris Yeltsin and Putin s efforts to reconstruct political and state power in Russia. Part II explores contemporary Russian political institutions and policy to show how Putin has stabilised Russian politics. But whilst Putin s achievements as a politician have been considerable in strengthening his personal position, they have not dealt successfully with the enduring problem of the Russian state s functionality. Like other Russian rulers, Putin has been much better at building a political system that supports his rule than he has at building up a state that can deliver material wealth and protection to the Russian people. As a result, Robinson argues, Russia has been and remains vulnerable to political crisis and regime change.
- Tables and Figures
- Chapter 1 Change and continuity in Russian politics
- Chapter 2 The Soviet system
- Chapter 3 Perestroika and the fall of the USSR
- Chapter 4: Yeltsin and the politics of crisis
- Chapter 5 Putinism, reform and retrenchment
- Chapter 6: Presidency and parliaments
- Chapter 7: Russian federalism
- Chapter 8: Political parties and opposition
- Chapter 9: Elections and voters
- Chapter 10: The new Russian political economy
- Chapter 11: Russia and the world
- Chapter 12: What kind of polity is Russia?
An up–to–date and analytically fresh perspective on the political development of post–Soviet Russia.
It should be required reading for all Russian politics courses.
Paul Chaisty, University of Oxford
Anyone seriously interested in understanding contemporary Russian politics should read this book. Combining
masterful synthesis of historical detail with original and cogent analysis, Robinson skilfully escorts the reader
through the opaque inner workings of the Russian political system. A welcome alternative to the usual fare of
shrill and shallow, Putin–obsessed texts, it will become a classroom standard.
Gerald M. Easter, Boston College