In This Review
Explaining Post-Soviet Patchworks, Volume I: Actors and Sectors Between Accommodation and Resistance to Globalization

Explaining Post-Soviet Patchworks, Volume I: Actors and Sectors Between Accommodation and Resistance to Globalization

Edited by Klaus Segbers

Ashgate, 2001, 432 pp.
Explaining Post-Soviet Patchworks, Volume II: Pathways from the Past to the Global

Explaining Post-Soviet Patchworks, Volume II: Pathways from the Past to the Global

Edited by Klaus Segbers

Ashgate, 2001, 456 pp.
Explaining Post-Soviet Patchworks, Volume III: The Political Economy of Regions, Regimes, and Republics

Explaining Post-Soviet Patchworks, Volume III: The Political Economy of Regions, Regimes, and Republics

Edited by Klaus Segbers

Ashgate, 2001, 352 pp.

A massive undertaking in a double sense. First, these three volumes mobilize more than 70 authors from Europe, North America, and Russia to address a vast array of subjects. Second, this feat is orchestrated to explore a little-studied intersection: where the Soviet legacy and the new forces of globalization meet to frame the choices of today's post-Soviet societies. Segbers, the orchestra conductor, believes that neither assumptions of cultural exceptionalism nor conventional theories of political science can capture the complex way that leftover Soviet structural effects and new global developments mix to shape the behavior of actors, the development of institutions, and the dynamic within subregions. He sets his authors on a detailed exploration of everything from ownership rights in the oil sector to Moscow in a globalized world. It all hangs together to a surprising degree.