How Russia is Not Ruled: Reflections on Russian Political Development

How Russia is Not Ruled: Reflections on Russian Political Development DOI: 10.1163/092598807X195197 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 Review of Central and East European Law 32 (2007) 257-260 Book Review Allen C. Lynch How Russia is Not Ruled: Reflections on Russian Political Development Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 2005, 276 pp. £15.99, ISBN 0 521 54992 2 Making a direct reference to Merle Fainsod’s modern classic How Russia is Ruled (1953) in the very title of his latest book, Professor Allen Lynch’s aspirations are not strikingly modest. Whether How Russia is Not Ruled will prove to be as influential (and classical) a text as Fainsod’s book has proven to be, I do not know; but Lynch’s book is one of the best ‘of its kind’ presently available, providing ample information about—and reflections on—present-day Russia’s political development. He does so by mixing what could be called a ‘political science’ approach with ‘issues of contemporary political history’—all of this with a keen eye for what (the discipline of) economics can contribute to a fuller understanding of Russia and of the ways in which it may develop. Lynch’s position is both unorthodox and (pleasantly) old-fashioned in that his historical and functional analysis leads him to conclude that the strength of Russia’s central http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Central and East European Law Brill

How Russia is Not Ruled: Reflections on Russian Political Development

Review of Central and East European Law, Volume 32 (2): 257 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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DOI: 10.1163/092598807X195197 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 Review of Central and East European Law 32 (2007) 257-260 Book Review Allen C. Lynch How Russia is Not Ruled: Reflections on Russian Political Development Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 2005, 276 pp. £15.99, ISBN 0 521 54992 2 Making a direct reference to Merle Fainsod’s modern classic How Russia is Ruled (1953) in the very title of his latest book, Professor Allen Lynch’s aspirations are not strikingly modest. Whether How Russia is Not Ruled will prove to be as influential (and classical) a text as Fainsod’s book has proven to be, I do not know; but Lynch’s book is one of the best ‘of its kind’ presently available, providing ample information about—and reflections on—present-day Russia’s political development. He does so by mixing what could be called a ‘political science’ approach with ‘issues of contemporary political history’—all of this with a keen eye for what (the discipline of) economics can contribute to a fuller understanding of Russia and of the ways in which it may develop. Lynch’s position is both unorthodox and (pleasantly) old-fashioned in that his historical and functional analysis leads him to conclude that the strength of Russia’s central

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