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Agriculture and the State in Soviet and Post-Soviet RussiaStephen WegrenWinner, 1999 Edward A. Hewett Book Prize from AAASS

This comprehensive, original and innovative analysis of the social, economic and political factors affecting contemporary Russian reform is based upon extensive field work, interviews, archival documents, and published and unpublished source material conducted over a six-year period. This book is organized around the central question of the role of the state and its effect on the course of Russian agrarian reform.

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Authoritarian RussiaVladimir Gel'manRussia today represents one of the major examples of the phenomenon of “electoral authoritarianism,” characterized by adopting the trappings of democratic institutions (such as elections, political parties, and a legislature) and enlisting the service of the country’s essentially authoritarian rulers. Why and how has the electoral authoritarian regime been consolidated in Russia? What are the mechanisms of its maintenance, and what is its likely future course? This book attempts to answer these basic questions.

Listen to the podcast of Sean Guillory's interview of Valdimir Gel'man for Sean's Russia Blog.

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Between Nation and StateNicholas MillerMiller chronicles the politics in Croatia prior to the first World War. The failures of the Croat-Serbian Coalition led to their inability to create a cohesive civic/democratic union during the war years, and prevail to this day.

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Emergence of Modern Jewish PoliticsZvi GitelmanNew in Paper

Collection of essays by prominent historians, political scientists, and professors of literature that examine the political, social, and cultural impact of Zionism and Bundism on Jewish society.

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Institutions and the Fate of Democracy Michael BernhardA detailed investigation of the development of democratic political institutions, this book offers insight into the emerging governments of these two countries.

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Winner, 2007 Bronislaw Malinowski Social Sciences Award, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences
Kosovo and SerbiaLeandrit MehmetiFollowing the 1992 breakup of Yugoslavia, the region descended into a series of bloody conflicts marked by intense ethnic and religious hatreds. Kosovo emerged at the epicenter of these disputes and the site of innumerable human rights violations, as Serbia, united with Montenegro at the time, sought to remove the Albanian presence. Kosovo (roughly ninety percent Albanian) declared independence in 2008, and although it is recognized by over one hundred UN member states, it is still not recognized by Serbia. This volume brings together scholars of Serbian, Albanian, Christian, and Muslim backgrounds to examine the Serbian-Albanian dynamic in Kosovo through historical, political, economic, and social perspectives.

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New Capitalist OrderHilary AppelExamines why privatization was so popular immediately after the fall of communism, and why it has failed in its intended goals of improving the economies of postcommunist countries.

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Organized Labor in Postcommunist StatesPaul KubicekExamination of why the power and role of workers’ unions have greatly diminished in the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries since the fall of Communism. Generally surprising turn of events, since organized labor played a large role in regime change.

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Perceptions and Behavior in Soviet Foreign PolicyRichard HerrmannThis book discerns Soviet leaders' views of the United States and sees them in relation to foreign policy statements and actions.

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Philosophy and Politics of Czech Dissidence from Patocka to HavelAviezer TuckerAviezer Tucker examines how the political philosophy of Jan Patocka (1907–1977), founder of Charter 77, influenced the thinking and political leadership of Vaclav Havel as dissident and president.

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Strategic FramesJennie L. SchulzeStrategic Frames analyzes minority policies in Estonia and Latvia following their independence from the Soviet Union. It weighs the powerful influence of both Europe and Russia on their policy choices, and how this intersected with the costs and benefits of policy changes for the politicians in each state.
Transnational Actors in Central and East European TransitionsMitchell OrensteinThe editors of this volume contend that transnational actors have exerted a powerful influence in postcommunist transitions. They demonstrate that transitions to democracy, capitalism, and nation-statehood, which scholars thought were likely to undermine one another, were facilitated by the integration of Central and East European states into an international system of complex interdependence. Transnational actors turn out to be the “dark matter” that held the various aspects of the transition together. Leading scholars debate the role and impact of transnational actors and present a promising new research program for the study of this rapidly transforming region.

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Truth of AuthorityThomas RemingtonThomas Remington views the methods used by the Communist Party in official communications to Soviet society during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Unexpected OutcomesRobert MoserRobert Moser offers a sophisticated analysis of Russia’s complex electoral system, and its effects on political parties and representation in Russia during the 1990s.

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