Graduation Year

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Granting Department

Political Science

Major Professor

D, Slider Ph.

Keywords

psychology, political culture, vouchers, shock therapy

Abstract

Looking back at the past twelve years, many would say that it appears Russia has lost the battle for liberal democratic reform. Among Russia watchers, the following question has been circulated: "Who lost Russia?" This debate has polarized most scholars into one of two camps: those who feel the reforms failed (the critics) and those who feel the reforms were a success (the supporters). This paper will explain why the Russian reforms failed. By filling in the holes left by current research, the author will demonstrate that the truth may lie somewhere in between the two opposing sides.

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