New PDF release: Chechnya at War and Beyond

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By Anne Le Huérou, Aude Merlin, Amandine Regamey, Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski (eds)

ISBN-10: 041574489X

ISBN-13: 9780415744898

ISBN-10: 131579831X

ISBN-13: 9781315798318

The Russia-Chechen wars have had an awfully damaging effect at the groups and at the trajectories of private lives within the North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya. This booklet offers in-depth research of the Chechen conflicts and their results on Chechen society. It discusses the character of the violence, examines the dramatic adjustments that have taken position in society, within the economic climate and in faith, and surveys present advancements, together with how the clash is being remembered and the way Chechnya is reconstructed and ruled.

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To use Mancur Olson's colorful analogy, a self-interested ruler behaves like a "stationary bandit" who is unlikely to risk his future revenue streams by looting the current stock of wealth of his subjects. He will raise taxation only up to the level that maximizes his tax revenues. 69 Third, rulers are supposed to have an encompassing interest that is akin to the national interest. Why Transitions Get Trapped 37 In both theory and practice, centralized predation can spiral out of control. The ruler's encompassing interest may diverge fundamentally from that of the state.

In the 6,275 large and medium-sized SOEs that had been classified as restructured as of 2001, the party committee members of the prerestructured firms became the board of directors in 70 percent of the restructured firms. 3 million officials-about 8 percent of its total membership and 16 percent of its urban members-who held executive positions in SOEs in 2003. 48 To the extent that a big-bang strategy reduces economic distortion and hence an authoritarian regime's ability to create and allocate rents, that regime's ability to retain political support will be undermined drastically.

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