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Combining the theoretical perspectives of a leading Russian political scientist and an American political philosopher who have collaborated for years, Capitalism with a Human Face analyzes the relation between economics and politics in Russia as it moves toward modernization. Throughout the book, the authors contrast Western media accounts of the Russian situation with less accessible but more relevant data gathered in Russia since 1991. They advocate a new notion of centrism for Russia: one that combines democratic politics and a market economy without abandoning the social guarantees on which many Russians have long relied and without which their political and economic life is likely to remain in turmoil. This will be an important work for scholars and students of social and political philosophy, international relations, comparative politics, and economics.
William Gay is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. T. A. Alekseeva is Chair of the Department of Political Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy in Moscow and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Moscow State Linguistic University. Together, they are the editors of On the Eve of the 21st Century: Perspectives of Russian and American Philosophers (1994, Rowman & Littlefield).