Syllabus for Post-Soviet Transformation: Economic, Legal and Social Development in Russia

Postsovjetisk transformation - ekonomisk, rättslig och social utveckling i Ryssland


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 2EU002
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Eurasian Studies A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2019-08-20
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2020
  • Entry requirements: Enrolment in the Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies and 7,5 hp from the module
    Russian and Soviet history, culture and society.
  • Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media
  • This course has been discontinued.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate knowledge about and reason around societal development in Russia and Eurasia, with particular focus on its economic, legal and social dimensions,
  • demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts and theories of social sciences of relevance for the development in Russia and Eurasia.
Competence and skills
  • use basic concepts and theories in the social sciences of relevance for interpreting the development in Russia and Eurasia,
  • formulate and solve research problems related to the post-Soviet transformation,
  • interpret, analyse and explain the economic, legal and social transformation in Russia and Eurasia.
Judgement and approach
  • evaluate, analyse and critically assess scientific research about societal development in Russia and Eurasia with respect to economic, legal and social aspects,
  • independently identify and problematise different central research questions of relevance for theory building around post-Soviet transformation.


The aim is to develop the student's knowledge about societal development in Russia and Eurasia, with particular emphasis on economic, legal and social aspects. The course will provide the student with tools to independently analyse and assess ongoing development tendencies in the region.

In the course, the change of the societal system from the Soviet Union to contemporary Russia will be analysed; through Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika; the 1990s under president Boris Yeltsin; and president Vladimir Putin's time in power, with particular emphasis on economic, legal and social processes. The course problematises the development in Russia and Eurasia with the help of different concepts and theories in the social sciences. These theories are placed against each other and their explanatory value is analysed. The emphasis is on the development in Russia, but comparisons will continuously be made with other countries in the post-Soviet region.


Lectures and seminars.


The course is examined through seminars and a research report.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Appel, Hilary; Orenstein, Mitchell A. From triumph to crisis : neoliberal economic reform in postcommunist countries

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018

    Find in the library


  • Frye, Timothy Property rights and property wrongs : how power, institutions, and norms shape economic conflict in Russia

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017

    Find in the library


  • Hale, Henry E. Patronal politics : Eurasian regime dynamics in comparative perspective

    New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2015 [dvs 2014]

    Find in the library


  • Butler, William Elliott Russian law and legal institutions

    Second edition.: [London]: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2018

    Find in the library


  • Henderson, Jane The constitution of the Russian federation : a contextual analysis

    Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011

    Find in the library


  • Alexeev, Michael V.; Weber, Shlomo The Oxford handbook of the Russian economy

    New York: Oxford University Press, cop. 2013

    Selected chapters.

    Find in the library



Bedford, Sofie, and Laurent Vinatier (2019) 'Resisting the Irresistible: 'Failed Opposition' in Azerbaijan and Belarus Revisited', Government and Opposition 54.4: 686-714.

Viktorov, Ilja (2015) 'The State, Informal Networks, and Financial Market Regulation in Post-Soviet Russia, 1990-2008', Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, 42, 1.

Vernikov, Andrei (2012) 'The Impact of State-Controlled Banks on the Russian Banking Sector', Eurasian Geography and Economics, 52 (2), pp. 250-266.

Book chapter

  • Fortescue, Stephen The Political Economy of Russia: is it changing?

    Part of:

    Becker, Torbjörn; Oxenstierna, Susanne The Russian economy under Putin

    London: Routledge, [2019]

    Find in the library

Literature for the seminars will be added.

Last modified: 2022-04-26