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.