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.
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Author Biography - Michael McFaul
Michael McFaul is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also an associate professor of political science at Stanford University and a non-resident associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 1995, he worked for two years as a senior associate for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in residence at the Moscow Carnegie Center. McFaul is the author and editor of several monographs including Russia's Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin, Russia's 1996 Presidential Election: The End of Bi-Polar Politics with Tova Perlmutter, and Privatization, Conversion and Enterprise Reform in Russia. His articles have appeared in Constitutional Political Economy, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, International Security, Journal of Democracy, Political Science Quarterly, Post-Soviet Affairs, and World Politics. Kathryn Stoner-Weiss taught in the Politics Department and at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University before becoming the Director of the Russia and Eurasia Project at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Work has been funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Princeton University's Center of International Studies. She is a frequent traveler to Russia and the former Soviet Union. Her other books include Local Heroes: The Political Economy of Russian Regional Governance (Princeton University Press, 1997) and Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).