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RussiaThe Challenges of Transformation$
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Piotr Dutkiewicz and Dmitri Trenin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785003

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785003.001.0001

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The Long Road to Normalcy

The Long Road to Normalcy

Where Russia Now Stands

(p.41) Chapter Two The Long Road to Normalcy

Vladimir Popov

NYU Press

This chapter considers whether Russia has become a “normal country,” at the same time pointing out that the USSR had been an abnormal developing country—prior to its transition into a market economy, the Soviet Union had free universal health care, low income inequalities, low crime and corruption rates, among other such instances of progress and development. Using a wealth of empirical economic and social data, the chapter evaluates the country's “normalcy” and proceeds with some very sobering assessments. It concludes that the key to Russia's modernization is the quality of its institutions, as liberalization alone—without the backing of strong institutions—cannot guarantee good performance.

Keywords:   abnormal developing country, USSR, Russia, Soviet Union, modernization, strong institutions, liberalization

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