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Politics under the Influence: Vodka and Public Policy in Putin's Russia

Anna L. Bailey


In 2009, the Russian government launched a much-publicized new initiative to tackle excessive alcohol consumption. This has subsequently been presented in simplistic terms as a top–down implementation of policy, imposed in the national interest to preserve the nation’s health in face of the ravages inflicted by widespread alcohol abuse. The book challenges this widely accepted narrative, by showing how policy more commonly results from the competitive interactions of stakeholders with vested interests – with the state itself divided. Rather than a benevolent public health agenda, the interests ... More

Keywords: Russian politics, alcohol, public health, Putin, public policy, policy formation, kleptocracy, informal networks, corruption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501724374
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501724374.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna L. Bailey, author