Russia: A Long View (Russia)

Russia: A Long View (Russia)

By: Yegor Gaidar (author), Antonina W. Bouis (translator), Anders Aslund (foreword_author)Paperback

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An important Russian economist and politician takes a long view of economic history and Russia's development. It is not so easy to take the long view of socioeconomic history when you are participating in a revolution. For that reason, Russian economist Yegor Gaidar put aside an early version of this work to take up a series of government positions-as Minister of Finance and as Boris Yeltsin's acting Prime Minister-in the early 1990s. In government, Gaidar shepherded Russia through its transition to a market economy after years of socialism. Once out of government, Gaidar turned again to his consideration of Russia's economic history and long-term economic and political challenges. This book, revised and updated shortly before his death in 2009, is the result. Gaidar's account of long-term socioeconomic trends puts his country in historical context and outlines problems faced by Russia (and other developing economies) that more developed countries have already encountered: aging population, migration, evolution of the system of social protection, changes in the armed forces, and balancing stability and flexibility in democratic institutions. This is not a memoir, but, Gaidar points out, neither is it "written from the position of a man who spent his entire life in a research institute." Gaidar's "long view" is inevitably informed and enriched by his experience in government at a watershed moment in history.

About Author

Yegor Gaidar (1956--2009) was a Russian economist and politician and a key architect of economic reforms in Russia's transition to a market economy.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780262526838
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 568
  • ID: 9780262526838
  • ISBN10: 0262526832
  • translations: Russian
  • language of text: English

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