Russia in Flux offers an incisive and penetrating analysis of social and political change within the Soviet Union from Gorbachev's accession to the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The book is divided into three main parts. The first section focuses on the changing of the structure of leadership, the historical development of elites, the changes that occurred in the Soviet leadership under Gorbachev and the rise of the new political parties. The second section analyses social groups and discusses the changing composition and role of the major social groups in post-perestroika Russia. The final section highlights the new inequalities and analyses the new forms of wealth and poverty found under the reform leadership.
This fascinating book presents in an accessible form some of the most up-to-date and interesting research work on the former Soviet Union. It will be essential reading for all students of contemporary Russia.
Edited by David Lane, Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK
Part 1 The changing structure of leadership: Soviet elites, monolithic or polyarchic?, David Lane; the top leadership - from Soviet elite to republican leadership, Alexander Rahr; appendix: biographies of major politicians; political elites and politics in the republics, Darrell Slider; social groups, party elites and Russia's new democrats, Sergei Mitrokhin and Michael E. Urban. Part 2 Civil society: professionalization, Anthony Jones; the role of journalists and the media in changing Soviet society, Vera Tolz; manual workers and the workforce, Elizabeth Teague; the emergence of new family farmers - the countryside of Estonia in transition, Ray Abrahams; Soviet youth, Jim Riordan; Perestroika and female politicization, Genia Browning and Amorer Wason. Part 3 New inequalities: the new business elite, Olga Kryshtanovskaya; poverty and underprivileged groups, Alastair McAuley; housing reform and social conflict, Greg Andrusz.