The Russian Economic Puzzle: Going Forwards, Backwards or Sideways?
University of Birmingham - Political Economy of Russia and Eastern Europe
International Affairs, Vol. 83, No. 5, pp. 869-889, September 2007
The question addressed in this article is whether the recent strong growth of the Russian economy is sustainable. The main difficulty is assessing the conflicting evidence. Developments since the financial crisis of 1998 are reviewed, including growth performance and macro-economic management. There is an analysis of the nature and extent of Russian economic dependence on exports of oil and gas and the direction towards state control since 2003 is described. The article reviews the interaction of competitive power politics among the political elite with economic policy and assesses factors favoring and factors working against continued rapid growth over the next five years. One conclusion is that informal rules operating in the economy differ across sectors, and Russian economic development is in part robust; but there are powerful influences working towards a slowdown in growth.
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Date posted: December 11, 2007
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