This collection of essays is the result of a conference convened at Princeton University marking the ten-year anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Some of the best minds in post-Soviet studies focused on the task of identifying in what ways the post-Communist experience with transition has confirmed or confounded conventional theories of political and economic development. The result is a rich array of essays examining vital aspects of the transitional decade following the Soviet collapse and the comparative lessons learned. These essays explicitly tally the gains and losses to post-Soviet countries of the last ten years as well as comparing the post-Soviet experience implicitly and explicitly with that of other developing countries. Each essay blends political science theory with fresh empirical analysis.
• Fresh empirical material • Extremely high quality essays • Original theoretical and comparative insights into the most unexpected event of the twentieth century
Contributors; Introduction: the evolving social science of post Communism Michael McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss; 1. The triumph of Nation-States: lessons from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia Philip Roeder; 2. The fourth wave of democracy and dictatorship: noncooperative transitions in the post-Communist world Michael McFaul; 3. Circumstances versus policy choices: why has the economic performance of the Soviet successive states been so poor? Vladimir Popov; 4. Whither the Central State? The regional sources of Russia's stalled reforms Kathryn Stoner-Weiss; 5. Parties, citizens, and the prospects for democratic consolidation in Russia Timothy Colton; 6. Comparative democratization: lessons from Russia and the post-Communist World Valerie Bunce; 7. Russians as joiners: realist and liberal conceptions of post-Communist Europe James M. Goldgeier and Michael McFaul; Index.