Book Talk | Putin's Labor Dilemma
Monday, October 18, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
In Putin's Labor Dilemma, Stephen Crowley investigates how the fear of labor protest has inhibited substantial economic transformation in Russia. Putin boasts he has the backing of workers in the country's industrial heartland, but as economic growth slows in Russia, reviving the economy will require restructuring the country's industrial landscape. At the same time, doing so threatens to generate protest and instability from a key regime constituency. However, continuing to prop up Russia's Soviet-era workplaces, writes Crowley, would likely lead to continued economic stagnation, also threatening protest. Hence a political economy stuck between stability and stagnation.