Measuring Social and Economic Change in Rural Russia

Measuring Social and Economic Change in Rural Russia : Surveys from 1991 to 2003

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Measuring Social and Economic Change in Rural Russia is based upon nine household surveys in seven rural regions of Russia from 1991 to 2003; including a four wave panel study over an eight year period. The findings that O'Brien and Patsiorkovsky share in this important work are the only long-term indicators of how ordinary people have learned to adapt to an economic system that was thrust upon them when the Soviet Union collapsed.
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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 149.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 476.28g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739114204
  • 9780739114209

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: How Do We Measure Change in Rural Russia? Part 2 A Macro-Level View of Change in the Russian Countryside Chapter 3 Central Government Reforms in Agriculture Chapter 4 Regional Responses to Reforms Chapter 5 The Transformation of Russian Agriculture Part 6 The Adaptation of Villages and Households to the New Economy Chapter 7 The Impact of Reforms on the Social Organization of the Russian Village Chapter 8 Household Capital and Agricultural Sales Chapter 9 Household Capital and Income Inequality Part 10 Evaluating the Quality of Village Life Chapter 11 Rural Poverty Chapter 12 Material Goods and Services Chapter 13 Mental Health and Subjective Quality of Life Part 14 Building Sustainable Rural Communities Chapter 15 The Future of Rural Russia Chapter 16 What Can We Learn from the Experiment in Russian Agrarian Reform?
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Review quote

Measuring Social and Economic Change in Rural Russia is valuable in its empirical research and in its ability to connect rural household strategies to village and region level responses during Russia's agricultural reforms...Especially provocative, and providing a sense of hope on this complex topic, is the authors' argument for developing sustainable communities in rural Russia that are equipped to compete in a globalizing economy. It is a useful text for students in summarizing Russia's agricultural reforms and in connecting Russia to policy discussions on sustainability in international development projects. American Journal of Sociology Based upon more than ten years of survey data from Russian villages, this is an ambitious book in terms of scope and method, and succeeds on many different levels. This book offers a unique view of rural change in Russia during its transition from communism. The authors present a compelling argument by demonstrating that rural households were opportunistic during the first decade of reform. They convincingly argue that we need to move beyond path dependencies if we are to understand rural change in Russia. Instead, the village experience in Russia shows the importance of institutions that shape incentives. The message carried by the book is a welcome relief to the conventional wisdom that argues rural dwellers resisted reform or that little has changed in rural Russia. The result is an outstanding contribution to the literature that will be useful to academics and policy makers internationally. -- Stephen K. Wegren, Southern Methodist University
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About Valery V. Patsiorkovsky

David J. O'Brien is Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Valery V. Patsiorkovsky is Laboratory Chief at the Institute for Socio-Economic Studies of the Population, Russian Academy of Sciences.
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