Post-Soviet Power: State-led Development and Russia’s Marketization by Susanne A. Wengle, Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Political Science Department, was published by Cambridge University Press earlier this year. The book tells the story of the Russian electricity system and examines the politics of its transformation from a ministry to a market. It shifts our focus away from what has been at the center of post-Soviet political economy – corruption and the lack of structural reforms – to draw attention to political struggles to establish a state with the ability to govern the economy. It highlights the importance of hands-on economic planning by authorities – post-Soviet developmentalism – and details the market mechanisms that have been created. More information.