The Political Economy of Russian Aluminium

Between the Dual State and Global Markets

Author: Jakub M. Godzimirski

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319572342

Category: Political Science

Page: 290

View: 7368

This book addresses how the progress of the Russian aluminium industry, which has developed into an important global actor, has been influenced by the interaction of global market forces and the evolution of the Russian political system. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian aluminium producers needed to adapt to changing framework conditions, both with regards to the global aluminium market and in Russia. Examining the most important changes in the organization of the global aluminium trade – the reorganization and consolidation of Russian aluminium industry and its ‘oligarchization’ – Godzimirski charts the evolution of the relationship between political and economic power in Russia, and the impact that this development has had on survival and adaptation strategies of key aluminium players in the country.

The Political Economy of Post-Soviet Russia

Author: V. Tikhomirov

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230289061

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

View: 2573

This book deals with general political and economic developments that took place in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The major aim of the book is to analyse successes and failures of Russian reform attempts, as well as their effect on the development of Russian regions, particularly from the point of view of interrelation between socio-economic tendencies and political developments. Analysis concentrates on both national dynamics and dynamics of development in three main groups of regions (mining, agricultural and manufacturing).

The Political Economy of Pacific Russia

Regional Developments in East Asia

Author: Jing Huang,Alexander Korolev

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319401203

Category: Political Science

Page: 268

View: 5181

This thought-provoking book, edited by Jing Huang and Alexander Korolev, redefines the complex political and economic landscape of the Asia-Pacific region. Written by internationally recognized experts from Russia, China, South Korea, Japan, Norway and Singapore, it provides an in-depth analysis of international cooperation in the development of Russia’s Far East and Siberia. It explores the geo-economic and geopolitical standing of ‘Pacific Russia’, and examines both the factors that lie behind, and the mechanisms that allow its integration into Asia. The authors argue that such development is essential for diversifying Russia’s economy, but that this turn to Asia is still inconsistent and would benefit from being truly international and multilateral. The protracted crisis in relations between Russia and the West, they point out, has only made it more significant. This edited volume will appeal to political scientists, economists, scholars of development studies and international relations, and policy-makers.

The Political Economy of Independent Ukraine

Captured by the Past

Author: H. van Zon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0333978021

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 236

View: 9096

The Political Economy of Independent Ukraine analyses the reasons for the abysmal economic performance of Ukraine during the 1990s. The main thesis is that economic development was blocked by a set of parasitic mechanisms at all levels of the economy that prevented the development of value-added economic activities. These parasitic mechanisms already developed under Soviet rule ('beating the system' by redistributing goods and services while disregarding formal rules) became a widespread practice.

Aluminum Ore

The Political Economy of the Global Bauxite Industry

Author: Robin S. Gendron,Mats Ingulstad,Espen Storli

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774825340

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 1515

As the key component in aluminum production, bauxite has become one of the most important minerals of the last one hundred years. To some it brought economic and political advantage, but for many others, its development left a legacy of exploitation. Aluminum Ore explores the history of bauxite in the twentieth century and the global forces that this history represents, from its strategic development in the First World War to its role in the globalization of markets as companies from the northern hemisphere vied for the resources of the south. Featuring essays by scholars from around the world, this wide-ranging collection is a history of one essential mineral and a new perspective on a time of change.

The political economy of total war

Author: Georgetown University. School of Foreign Service,Library of Congress. Legislative Reference Service

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 128

View: 5134


The political economy of Russian oil

Author: David Stuart Lane

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 228

View: 8059

In this thoughtful analysis, a group of international specialists explores the political and economic issues and controversies surrounding the oil industry's move to capitalism. The authors examine the spread of crime and corruption, the role of Russian and Western financial institutions, regional tensions, and the international dimension.

Russian Politics and Society

Author: Richard Sakwa

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415227537

Category: History

Page: 542

View: 9129

Richard Sakwa's "Russian Politics and Society" is a comprehensive study of Russia's post-communist political development. It has, since its first publication in 1993, become a useful guide for all those who need to know about the current political scene in Russia, about the country's political stability and about the future of democracy under its post-communist leadership. This introductory textbook covers all the key issues; it is clearly written; and it includes the most up-to-date material currently available. For this third edition, Richard Sakwa has updated the text throughout to include details of Yeltsin's second term and the impact on Russian politics of the rise of his successor, Vladimir Putin. It also contains a substantially expanded bibliography, and appendices showing election results, chronology, social and demographic figures and recent census data.

Explaining post-Soviet patchworks

The political economy of regions, regimes and republics

Author: Klaus Segbers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780754616337

Category: History

Page: 332

View: 8527


The History of Mining

The events, technology and people involved in the industry that forged the modern world

Author: Michael Coulson

Publisher: Harriman House Limited

ISBN: 0857192663

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 488

View: 1613

THE INDUSTRY THAT FORGED THE MODERN WORLD Throughout history metals and raw materials have underpinned human activity. So it is that the industry responsible for extracting these materials from the ground - mining - has been ever present throughout the history of civilisation, from the ancient world of the Egyptians and Romans, to the industrial revolution and the British Empire, and through to the present day, with mining firms well represented on the world's most important stock indexes including the FTSE100. This book traces the history of mining from those early moments when man first started using tools to the present day where metals continue to underpin economic activity in the post industrial age. In doing so, the history of mining methods, important events, technological developments, the important firms and the sparkling personalities that built the industry are examined in detail. At every stage, as the history of mining is traced from 40,000BC to the present day, the level of detail increases in accordance with the greater social and industrial developments that have played out as time has progressed. This means that a particular focus is given to the period since the industrial revolution and especially the 20th century. A look is also taken into the future in an effort to chart the direction this great industry might take in years to come. Many books have been written about mining; the majority have focused on a particular metal, geographical area, mining event or mining personality, but 'The History of Mining' has a broader scope and covers all of these essential and fascinating areas in one definitive volume.

Der Oligarch

Author: Wolfgang Kemp

Publisher: zu Klampen Verlag GbR

ISBN: 3866744897

Category: History

Page: 176

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Eine Riege junger Männer gelangte nach dem Zerfall der Sowjetunion aus dem Stand heraus zu fabelhaftem Reichtum: die »Oligarchen«. Allesamt einst Günstlinge Boris Jelzins, sind einige unter Putin inzwischen in Ungnade gefallen, der prominenteste von ihnen ist Michail Chodorkowski. Im eigenen Land fristen sie daher zumeist ein äußerst prekäres Dasein, im Westen aber dürfen sie sich als Märtyrer feiern lassen. Nicht nur der zweifelhafte Ursprung seines Aufstiegs und die ostentative Zurschaustellung und beinharte Verteidigung seines Vermögens zeichnen den Oligarchen aus, sondern vor allem der »Wille zur Yacht«, die als unabdingbarer Ausweis seiner ökonomischen Potenz gilt. Um global agieren zu können, muss der Oligarch seinen Einfluss auf der internationalen politischen Bühne geltend machen, sein Sozialprestige aufbessern. Welche Mittel er dafür einsetzt, davon berichtet Wolfgang Kemp, der die glamourösen wie auch klandestinen Auftritte des Oligarchen-Jetsets seit Jahren verfolgt. Er kennt die wechselnden Standorte ihrer Yachten, weiß über die Ausrüstung ihrer privaten Sicherheitsdienste Bescheid, gibt Einblick in ihre finanziellen Machenschaften, die nicht selten auch von westlichen Politikern gedeckt werden.

Building Big Business in Russia

The Impact of Informal Corporate Governance Practices

Author: Yuko Adachi

Publisher: BASEES/Routledge Series on Rus


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 186

View: 7825

This title examines the development of big business in Russia since the early 1990s, explaining how post-Soviet enterprises, many of which made little sense as business units, were restructured into functional firms. It includes detailed case studies of three leading companies: Yukos Oil Company, Russian Aluminium and Norilsk Nickel.

Globalisation and Advertising in Emerging Economies

Brazil, Russia, India and China

Author: Lynne Ciochetto

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136504451

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

View: 7768

Brazil, Russia, India and China are four of the largest and most dynamic contemporary emerging economies in the world. Strong economic growth in each of these economies has been accompanied by the expansion of the advertising and consumer goods sectors. Using a series of country studies, this book explores the dynamics of global capitalism from the perspective of global advertising. The book highlights the on-going expansion of advertising and consumerism against the wider socio-economic, political and cultural contexts. It provides fresh insights about contemporary global priorities, and argues that advertising plays a key role linking culture and the economy. By presenting individual case studies of advertising campaigns, it offers examples of the globalisation of specific brands. Environmental implications of the expansion of advertising and its role in stimulating consumerism are explored in the context of the four emerging economies. The book compares and contrasts the individual country profiles, and makes an assessment of the validity of the argument regarding their projected importance and the likelihood of their future dominance of the global economy.

The Political History of Ghana (1950-2013)

The Experience of a Non-Conformist

Author: Dr. Obed Yao Asamoah

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 149698563X

Category: History

Page: 774

View: 9371

This book is an instructive historical record of the First Republic of Ghana and the triumphs and tribulations of successive governments since 1950. It reminds us of the struggle between Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his political opponents in the period preceding the achievement of political independence for Ghana, the events leading to his overthrow, and its impact on the course of Ghanas history. It is perhaps the most comprehensive history to date of the Rawlings era, the establishment of the Fourth Republic, and the formation of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). The NDC came to eclipse the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) as the rival of the DanquahBusia tradition manifested in the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), the countrys oldest national political movement originally formed to pioneer the independence struggle but later eclipsed by the breakaway CPP. The UGCC has undergone several transformations since and today is represented by the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The book well documents the challenges facing independent Ghana, including those related to the growth of democracy nationwide and within political parties. The African liberation struggle, the drama of the Congo crisis of the 1960s, and the Liberian crisis of the 1990s are graphically re-enacted to highlight Ghanas significant role in the events. It is perhaps the best account of the sacrifices Ghana and other ECOWAS countries, particularly Nigeria, made in returning peace to Liberia after a bitter civil war through the successful peacekeeping and peace-enforcement efforts of ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG). The book sheds light on Dr. Obed Yao Asamoahs evolution into a politician of no mean achievement during the creation of the Fourth Republic and as the longest serving Foreign Minister and Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Ghana has ever known, offices he held simultaneously between 1993 and 1997.

Understanding Central Asia

Politics and Contested Transformations

Author: Sally N. Cummings

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134433190

Category: History

Page: 244

View: 8283

Since Soviet collapse, the independent republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have faced tremendous political, economic, and security challenges. Focusing on these five republics, this textbook analyzes the contending understandings of the politics of the past, present and future transformations of Central Asia, including its place in international security and world politics. Analysing the transformation that independence has brought and tracing the geography, history, culture, identity, institutions and economics of Central Asia, it locates ‘the political’ in the region. A comprehensive examination of the politics of Central Asia, this insightful book is of interest both to undergraduate and graduate students of Asian Politics, Post-Communist Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, and to scholars and professionals in the region.

How Russia Really Works

The Informal Practices That Shaped Post-Soviet Politics and Business

Author: Alena V. Ledeneva

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801470056

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 9631

During the Soviet era, blat—the use of personal networks for obtaining goods and services in short supply and for circumventing formal procedures—was necessary to compensate for the inefficiencies of socialism. The collapse of the Soviet Union produced a new generation of informal practices. In How Russia Really Works, Alena V. Ledeneva explores practices in politics, business, media, and the legal sphere in Russia in the 1990s—from the hiring of firms to create negative publicity about one's competitors, to inventing novel schemes of tax evasion and engaging in "alternative" techniques of contract and law enforcement. Ledeneva discovers ingenuity, wit, and vigor in these activities and argues that they simultaneously support and subvert formal institutions. They enable corporations, the media, politicians, and businessmen to operate in the post-Soviet labyrinth of legal and practical constraints but consistently undermine the spirit, if not the letter, of the law. The "know-how" Ledeneva describes in this book continues to operate today and is crucial to understanding contemporary Russia.