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Palgrave Macmillan

Russian Politics from Lenin to Putin

ISBN 9780230293144
Publication Date June 2010
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series St Antony's Series

Seven leading specialists present chapters devoted to key themes in Soviet and post-Soviet Russian politics. Those themes include: the personal versus the institutional in the political process; legitimacy and legitimation; and change and collapse of a mono-organisational society. While the book focuses on these major themes, individual chapters deal with wide-ranging and even unusual cases: Graeme Gill analyzes the legitimating functions of Moscow's architecture, Sheila Fitzpatrick uses the archives to draw a picture of Stalin 'the boss' dealing with his closest colleagues, Eugene Huskey provides a detailed description of post-Soviet Russian pantouflage, and Archie Brown and Peter Reddaway present their different takes on Gorbachev and the Soviet collapse. Stephen Fortescue provides an overview of policy-making processes from Lenin and Putin, and Leslie Holmes updates the concept of goal-rational legitimacy.

STEPHEN FORTESCUE is Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of New South Wales, Australia. He previously held research positions at the Australia National University and the University of Birmingham, UK. His recent research is on Russian business-government relations and the Russian metals sector. His recent publications include Russia's Oil Barons and Metal Magnates.

T.H. Rigby on Soviet and post-Soviet Russian Politics; S.Fortescue
Institutionalization and Personalism in the Policy-making Process of the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia; S.Fortescue
The Boss and his Team: Stalin and the Inner Circle, 1925-33; S.Fitzpatrick
Building the Communist Future: Legitimation and the Soviet City; G.Gill
Legitimation and Legitimacy in Russia Revisited; L.Holmes
Perestroika as Revolution from Above; A.Brown
How Much Did Popular Disaffection Contribute to the Collapse of the USSR? P.Reddaway
Pantouflage a la russe. The Recruitment of Russian Political and Business Elites; E.Huskey
Conclusion; S.Fortescue


ARCHIE BROWN Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford., UK
SHEILA FITZPATRICK Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Russian History at the University of Chicago, USA
STEPHEN FORTESCUE Associate Professor in Politics at University of New South Wales, and a Principal Fellow of the Contemporary European Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia
GRAEME GILL Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow and Professor of Government and Public Administration at the University of Sydney, and a Principal Fellow of the Contemporary European Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia
LESLIE HOLMES Professor of Political Science and Deputy Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre (CERC) at the University of Melbourne, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
EUGENE HUSKEY is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of Russian Studies at Stetson University in Florida, USA.
PETER REDDAWAY is Emeritus Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs of George Washington University, USA


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