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The Russian People and Foreign Policy


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Acknowledgments vii Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Elites, Attentive Publics, and Masses in Post-Soviet Russia 18 Chapter 2: Politics and Markets, with Judith Kullberg 43 Chapter 3: Elite-Mass Interactions, Knowledge, and Russian Foreign Policy 88 Chapter 4: Orientations to the International System and Electoral Behavior in Russia 123 Chapter 5: Elite Political-Economic Orientations and Foreign Policy 149 Chapter 6: NATO Expansion Past and Future: A Closer Look 187 Chapter 7: Conclusion 216 Selected Bibliography 227 Index 233

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A very significant contribution to the field of Russian studies. There is really nothing like it out there. The book also holds great interest for political scientists who do not work on Russia, as the findings relate to debates that grew out of studies of American public opinion. The author has a track record as a specialist on the communist world whose work has always tested hypotheses drawn from broader theoretical literatures. He has done it again. And done it very well. -- George Breslauer, University of California, Berkeley First-rate. A brief description cannot do justice to the richness of the data and analyses in The Russian People and Foreign Policy. Moreover, Zimmerman knows the literature on U.S. public opinion and he succeeds admirably in making comparisons where it is appropriate to do so. -- Ole R. Holsti, Duke University This is an important book for Russianists and those interested in the effects of democratic transition. It presents very rich and interesting data and a really important new source for understanding the changes in Russia through the 1990s. Given the central role of the debate over democracy assistance within the U.S. government and NGO circles, the arguments and evidence it offers will also have appeal to policymakers and others involved in fostering the Russian transition. -- Regina Smyth, Pennsylvania State University This book is of such high quality that I would not be surprised if its publication will depress future scholarship on the subject for some time to come. The standard it sets is simply too high for others to match. -- Micahel McFaul, Stanford University

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William Zimmerman is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. His books include Open Borders, Nonalignment and the Political Evolution of Yugoslavia and Soviet Perspectives on International Relations (both Princeton).


"Zimmerman argues convincingly that the opinions of elite groups have consequences for Russian foreign policy ... and that elite groups' opinions regarding Russia's political economy have important implications for relations with the West."--Gifford D. Malone, Perspectives on Political Science

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