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SUGGESTIONSFORFURTHERREADING This section suggests additional English-language reading, primarily books, grouped by theme.Inadditiontotheliteraturelistedhere,theInternationalMonetaryFund,European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and World Bank produce annual studies of Russia that are exceptionally useful. The Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy in Moscow also publishes many useful reports in English. Full citations of the works listed here can be found in the bibliography. Overviews and Surveys Important recent surveys of Russian political economy include Pekka Sutela, The Political Economy of Putin’s Russia, and Neil Robinson, ed., The Political Economy of Russia. In addition , the collection of essays edited by Michael Alexeev and Shlomo Weber and published as The Oxford Handbook of the Russian Economy represents some of the most up-to-date scholarship.ThebestrecentscholarlyattempttointegratepoliticsandeconomicsisDaniel Treisman’s The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev. Russia after the Global Economic Crisis,editedbyAndersAslund,SergeiGuriev,andAndrew Kutchins, examines the country’s response to the 2008–2009 crash. Aslund’s Russia’s Capitalist Revolution: Why Market Reforms Succeeded and Democracy Failed and Marshall Goldman’s Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia tackle post-Khodorkovsky political economy. Finally, David Owen and David Robinson, Russia Rebounds, examines the structural and institutional drivers of Russia’s post-1998 recovery. The Legacy of the Past As this book has argued, Russia’s economy today cannot be understood without reference to its history. The Soviet past constrains economic growth and reform, while the 1990s shape how Russians perceive the present. Key analyses of the Soviet legacy include Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy, Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold, and Chris Miller, The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy. Privatization remains one of the most contested themes from the 1990s. Important accounts include Anders Aslund, How Russia Became a Market Economy; Joseph Blasi, 168 | Suggestions for Further Reading MayaKroumova,andDouglasKruse, KremlinCapitalism:PrivatizingtheRussianEconomy; AndrewBarnes,OwningRussia:TheStruggleoverFactories,Farms,andPower;andMarshall Goldman, The Piratization of Russia: Russian Reform Goes Awry. Akeyaccountfromadvisers to the Russian government on privatization issues is Maxim Boycko, Andrei Shleifer, and Robert Vishny, Privatizing Russia. Chrystia Freeland, Sale of the Century: Russia’s Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism;andDavidHoffman,The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia, provide journalistic color on the wild 1990s, but are also notable for illustrating how few analysts predicted the sharp political-economic changes that occurred between 1998 and 2003. Lessfrequentlyexaminedthantheprivatizationdebates,butprobablymoreimportant, areanalysesofRussianpublicfinances.ThebestsourceisAndreiShleiferandDavidTreisman ,WithoutaMap:PoliticalTacticsandEconomicReforminRussia.JulietJohnson,AFistful of Rubles: The Rise and Fall of the Russian Banking System, describes the financial chaos of the 1990s. David Woodruff, Money Unmade: Barter and the Fate of Russian Capitalism, and BarryIckesandCliffordGaddy’sForeignAffairsarticle“Russia’sVirtualEconomy”examine the strange world of barter-capitalism in 1990s Russia, which rapidly fell from view during the crucial 1998–2003 period. See also Erik Berglof et al., The New Political Economy of Russia; Shleifer, A Normal Country:RussiaafterCommunism;andTreisman,AftertheDeluge:RegionalCrisesandPolitical Consolidation in Russia. Finally, Martin Gilman, No Precedent, No Plan: Inside Russia’s 1998 Default, provides a useful account of the International Monetary Fund’s negotiations with the government as it prepared for default. Politics and Ideas Dozens of books have been written on Russian politics during the period as Putin consolidated power. Key journalistic accounts include Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution, and Steven Lee Myers, The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin. Richard Sakwa has published several useful scholarlyanalysesofRussiandomesticpolitics;seeespeciallyhisPutin: Russia’s Choiceand The Quality of Freedom: Khodorkovsky, Putin and the Yukos Affair. I also recommend Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy, Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin. Alena Ledeneva, How Russia ReallyWorks:TheInformalPracticesThatShapedPost-SovietPoliticsandBusiness,providesa usefulexaminationoftherootsofsomeofRussia’spoliticalpathologies.Finally,onRussian foreignpolicy,seeJeffreyMankoff,RussianForeignPolicy:TheReturnofGreatPowerPolitics. Resources and Energy Of all sectors of the Russian economy, oil and gas have received the most scholarly and popular attention. The best account of the oil industry is Thane Gustafson, Wheel of Fortune : The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia. On gas, see James Henderson, Non-Gazprom Gas Producers in Russia, and James Henderson and Simon Pirani, The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets Are Driving Change. Jonathan Stern’sThe Future of Russian Gas and Gazprom, nowslightlydated,isstilluseful.Onotherresourcesectors,seeStephenFortescue,Russia’s Oil Barons and Metal Magnates: Oligarchs and the State in Transition. Suggestions for Further Reading | 169 The debate over the “resource curse” and the politics of managing (or, some argue, mismanaging) resource rents has attracted much scholarly and popular attention. Adnan Vatansever, The Political Economy of Allocation of Natural Resource Rents and Fighting...


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  • Russia (Federation) -- Economic policy -- 1991-.
  • Russia (Federation) -- Economic conditions -- 1991-.
  • Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-.
  • Elite (Social sciences) -- Russia (Federation).
  • Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1952-.
  • Presidents -- Russia (Federation).
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