Student Research Projects
Toxic combination: Post-communist Russia and Shock Therapy
Dr. Laura Landolt|
|Course||POLS 499: Senior Seminar|
The paper seeks to examine the effects of economic ‘shock’ therapy on the Russian economy and government. I hypothesize that shock therapy had negative effects both on the Russian economy and on prospects for Russian democratization. I argue that domestic economic and political reform must be supported from the ‘bottom up’ instead of just by the elites. Without grassroots support for either project, instability will surely follow. I will use information from the New Russia Barometer to examine public opinion on economic reform, and link these findings to measures of economic development and political democratization over time.