Conversations on Russia: Reform from Yeltsin to Putin by Padma Desai

Conversations on Russia: Reform from Yeltsin to Putin

byPadma Desai

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Much of the discussion of Russia's recent post-Communist history has amounted, both in Russia and the West, to a series of monologues by strong-minded people with starkly divergent views. In contrast, Padma Desai's conversations with influential, intelligent participants and observers providethe reader with a broad, nuanced view of what has and has not happened in the last fourteen years, and why. Conversations from Russia will thus serve as a much-needed reference volume, both for academics who study Russia and for laypeople who only have vague perceptions of what has occurred inRussia since the collapse of Communism. In conversations with important figures like Boris Yeltsin, George Soros, Anatoly Chubais, and Yegar Gaidar, Desai considers questions like why the Soviet Union fell apart under Gorbachev, what went wrong with economic reforms after Gorbachev, whether the privatization of Russian assets could havebeen managed differently, and what the prospects are for the Russian economy in the near future. Desai, a recognized expert in the field of Soviet studies, ties the interviews together with an introduction, ultimately reaching her own judgment on each issue considered in the conversations. This bookwill appeal to researchers and students in developmental economics, political economy, and Soviet studies, and educated laypeople interested in Russia.

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Padma Desai is Harriman Professor and Director, Department of Economics Center for Transition Economics at Columbia University.
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Title:Conversations on Russia: Reform from Yeltsin to PutinFormat:HardcoverDimensions:398 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 1.3 inPublished:April 27, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195300610

ISBN - 13:9780195300611

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Table of Contents

I. Reform Maximalists1. Boris Yeltsin: The Wrecking Ball2. Anatoly Chubais: The "Neo-Bolshevik" Privatizer3. Yegor Gaidar: The Shock Therapist4. Boris Nemtsov: The Political Activist5. Mikhail Kasyanov: The Pro-Market Prime Minister6. Strobe Talbott: Bill Clinton's "Russia Hand"II. Reform Gradualists7. Grigory Yavlinsky: The Permanent Oppositionist8. Sergei Rogov: In Search of Checks and Balances at Home and Abroad9. Nodari Simonia: The Pro-Putin Vote10. George Soros: The Active PhilanthropistIII. Five Policy Perspectives11. Sergei Dubinin: Monopoly Sector Reform in Progress12. Oleg Vyugin: Monetary Policy in Action13. Boris Jordan: Media Man and Investor14. Anatoly Vishnevsky: Demographic Dilemmas15. Jack Matlock Jr.: The Road AheadIV. The Role of History16. Martin Malia: History Lessons17. Richard Pipes: The Past in the Present

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"Informative...It will be of greatest interest to those familiar with the events and characters in question."--Foreign Affairs