The course begins with a brief review of the dynamics of the Soviet system and the reasons for its collapse in 1991. The traumatic transition of the 1990s raised profound questions about what conditions are necessary for the evolution of effective political and economic institutions. The chaos of the Yeltsin years was followed by a return to authoritarian rule under President Putin, although the long-run stability of the Putin system is also open to question. While the focus of the course is Russia, students will also study the transition process in the other 14 states that came out of the Soviet Union. Topics include political institutions, social movements, economic reforms, and foreign policy strategies.
The course will include a role-playing simulation of Kremlin decision making that will run over several weeks.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Hedrick Smith, THE RUSSIANS Stephen Kotkin, ARMAGEDDON AVERTED Vladimir Gelman, AUTHORITARIAN RUSSIA Stephen Lee Myers, THE NEW TSAR
|Examinations and Assignments: |
four short papers, final exam
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|Instructor(s): Rutland,Peter Times: ..T.R.. 08:50AM-10:10AM; Location: FEAS SEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: X|
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