Federal Political Council member of the Right Cause party, Director of the Centre for Post-Industrial Studies, publisher and editor of the Svobodnaya Mysl monthly. Member of the Valdai Discussion Club.
Previous positions: Consultant for the history and theory of socialism section at the magazine Kommunist of the Soviet Communist Party central committee (1991); Expert on economic problems of the parliamentary group of the Free Russia Party in the Supreme Council of the R.S.F.S.R. (1991-1992); specialist at the Moscow-based Inter-Bank Financial House joint-stock company (1992-1993); Deputy Director of a branch of the Kredit Moskva Commercial Bank (1993); Vice-President and (from 1995) First Deputy Chairman, then Chairman (1999) of the board of Moscow-Paris Bank; Founder and Head of the non-profit scientific organization Center for the Study of Post-Industrial Society, Moscow (1996); Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Svobodnaya Mysl magazine.
Author of 156 publications, and the books “Concerning the Theory of Post-Economic Social Formation” (1995); “Essays on the History of an Economic Social Formation”(1996); “Beyond the Limits of an Economic Society”(1999).
With its vast background of sponsoring failed regimes and absence of a colonial past, Russia could pioneer a sober-minded approach to economic humanitarian assistance and thus help the West overcome the guilt complex underlying its relationship with peripheral countries. In return, Moscow would come closer to the West and save billions of dollars in economic modernization and social improvements.
Instead of establishing a new state-owned corporation, the government should take a completely different approach to making Siberia and the Far East prosperous. Russia is a natural balancing force in the region, rather than just China’s sidekick. Yet, for some reason, this is more evident when the situation is viewed from Siberia rather than from Moscow
If the current leaders want Russia to regain its status, they should consider using economic planning. In recent years, economic development plans have been replaced with all kinds of programs and strategies. The Chinese leadership does not make longer-term plans, because they believe that this undermines performance discipline and responsibility.
This book seeks to “re-think democracy.” Over the past years, there has been a tendency in the global policy community and, even more widely, in the world’s media, to focus on democracy as the “gold standard” by which all things political are measured. It became a sort of untouchable, western liberal religion. However, as often happens with religion, as Jonathan Nitzan has remarked, the greater the belief, the fewer the questions. This volume serves to re-examine democracy as idea, desired ideal, and practice.
Russia’s accession to WTO will affect Russian industrial producers, but will at the same time benefit consumers through lower duties and stronger market competition. Therefore, Russia’s membership in the WTO will optimize people’s spending rather than increase their incomes.
Russia can produce anything it wants. Global competition allows new players who can offer something better to establish themselves on the market. But Russia does not have the political will and is not making the administrative efforts necessary to achieve an innovation breakthrough.