This timely book explores Russia's political development since the collapse of the USSR and how inextricably it has been bound up with economic change. Tracing the evolution of Russia's political economy, leading scholars consider how it may continue to develop going forward. They assess the historical legacies of the Soviet period, showing how-despite policies implemented after the USSR dissolved in 1991-there are ongoing bitter battles over property and state revenues, over land, and over welfare. The book puts these domestic issues in international and comparative perspective by considering Russia's position in the global economy and its growing role as a major energy producer. Focusing especially on the nature and future of Russian capitalism, the contributors weigh the political problems that confront Russia in its ongoing struggle to modernize and develop its economy. Contributions by: Andrew Barnes, Paul T. Christensen, Linda J. Cook, Gerald M. Easter, Neil Robinson, Richard Sakwa, and Stephen K. Wegren.