Introduction : the evolving social science of postcommunism / Michael McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss -- 1. The triumph of nation-states : lessons from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia / Philip G. Roeder -- 2. The fourth wave of democracy and dictatorship : noncooperative transitions in the postcommunist world / Michael McFaul -- 3. Circumstances versus policy choices : why has the economic performance of the Soviet successor states been so poor? / Vladimir Popov -- 4. Whither the central state? : the regional sources of Russia's stalled reforms / Kathryn Stoner-Weiss -- 5. Parties, citizens, and the prospects for democratic consolidation in Russia / Timothy J. Colton -- 6. Comparative democratization : lessons from Russia and the postcommunist world / Valerie Bunce -- 7. Russians as joiners : realist and liberal conceptions of postcommunist Europe / James M. Goldgeier and Michael McFaul
"This collection of essays is the result of a conference convened at Princeton University marking the ten year anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union."