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Alcohol and politics in post-Soviet Russia : vodka, public health and informal governance

By: Bailey, Anna L.

Part of the Library of Modern Russian History series
1784537020 / 9781784537029
Laminated
30/05/2017
Cancelled
United Kingdom
304 pages.
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'You know just how serious a problem alcoholism has become for our country.

Frankly speaking, it has taken on the proportions of a national disaster.' So spoke Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009 as the government launched its 'anti-alcohol campaign'.

This has subsequently been presented in simplistic terms as a top-down implementation of policy, imposed in the national interest and to preserve the nation's health in face of the ravages inflicted by widespread alcohol abuse.

In the first English-language book on Russian alcohol policy in the post-Soviet period, Anna Bailey challenges this widely accepted narrative.

Bailey shows how policy more commonly results from the competitive interactions of stakeholders with vested interests, with the state itself divided.

BIC:

1DVUA Russia, JFFH1 Drug & substance abuse: social aspects

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