During the early 2000s the market liberalization reforms to the Russian economy, begun in the 1990s, were consolidated. But since the mid 2000s economic policy has moved into a new phase, characterized by more state intervention with less efficiency and more structural problems. Corruption, weak competitiveness, heavy dependency on energy exports, an unbalanced labour market, and unequal regional development are trends that have arisen and which, this book argues, will worsen unless the government changes direction. The book provides an in-depth analysis of the current Russian economic system, highlighting especially structural and institutional defects, and areas where political considerations are causing distortions, and puts forward proposals on how the present situation could be remedied.

chapter 1|10 pages


BySusanne Oxenstierna

chapter 2|22 pages

Putin's rent management system and the future of addiction in Russia

ByClifford G. Gaddy, Barry W. Ickes

chapter 3|26 pages

Between light and shadow

Informality in the Russian labour market
ByVladimir Gimpelson, Rostislav Kapeliushnikov

chapter 6|17 pages

The role of institutions in the Russian economy

BySusanne Oxenstierna

chapter 8|17 pages

From the dual to the triple state?

ByRichard Sakwa

chapter 9|19 pages

The basis for institutions among the population in Russia

ByCarolina Vendil Pallin

chapter 10|18 pages

Russia's emerging civil society

ByJens Siegert

chapter 11|20 pages

Regional inequality and potential for modernization

ByNatalia Zubarevich

chapter 12|18 pages

Promoting sustainability in Russia's Arctic

Integrating local, regional, federal, and corporate interests
ByRobert W. Orttung

chapter 13|18 pages

Russian regional resilience: cooperation and resource abundance

A case study of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug
ByIrina Ilina, Carol Scott Leonard, Evgeniy Plisetskiy