Our book “Power and Legitimacy – Challenges from Russia” (with Per-Arne Bodin and Elena Namli) is now available in paperback.
The book sheds new light on the continuing debate within political thought as to what constitutes power, and what distinguishes legitimate from illegitimate power. It does so by considering the experience of Russia, a polity where experiences of the legitimacy of power and the collapse of power offer a contrast to Western experiences on which most political theory, formulated in the West, is based.
My latest book, entitled “Putin’s Energy Agenda: The Contradictions of Russia’s Resource Wealth”, has been published by Lynne Rienner Publishers.
The sudden arrival of massive energy wealth during Putin’s long reign has turned Russia’s focus to resources, with some good and some very bad results. Considering why the good – a windfall of money to pay debts and put the country’s finances in order – has been so overshadowed by the bad resource dependence, reliance on rents, and unbridled corruption, the book explores the many dimensions of Russia’s energy policies and politics.
The book also looks at both the background of energy relations between Russia and Ukraine, so topical in the current crisis, and the role that the massive energy windfall has played in building a prosperous and increasingly militarized Russia (see Table of Contents and Chapter 1).
A short video about the book here.
“An impressive achievement…. Accessible, well organized, and informed by contemporary scholarly debates.” Adam Stulberg, Georgia Institute of Technology
“A well-written and highly accessible analysis of Russia s current political and economic systems with a focus on the development of the energy industry at the heart of both.” Robert Orttung, George Washington University
My books “Invisible Hands, Russian Experience, and Social Science” (2011) and “Russian Path Dependence” (2005) are now available in paperback.
Invisible Hands, Russian Experience, and Social Science investigates cases in which national and international activities have gone massively wrong, entailing seriously negative consequences, and in which the sophisticated analytical models of social science have ceased to be helpful. The analysis uses as a backdrop long-term Russian history and short-term Russian encounters with unrestrained capitalism to develop a framework that is based in the so-called new institutionalism.
Russian Path Dependence argues that the arguments and counter-arguments that pitch shock therapy against gradualism are wide of the mark and quite pointless. Indeed, the reasons for the warped outcomes can actually be traced back through the long sweep of Russian history. Decisions made in the distant past can fully influence policy- making in the present.