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Energy has been an important element in Moscow’s quest to exert power and influence in its surrounding areas both before and after the collapse of the USSR. With their political independence in 1991, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania also became, virtually overnight, separate energy-poor entities heavily dependent on Russia. This increasingly costly dependency – and elites’ scrambling over associated profits – came to crucially affect not only relations with Russia, but the very nature of post-independence state building.

The Politics of Energy Dependency explores why these states were unable to move towards energy diversification. Through extensive field research using previously untapped local-language sources, Margarita M. Balmaceda reveals a complex picture of local elites dealing with the complications of energy dependency and, in the process, affecting the energy security of Europe as a whole.

A must-read for anyone interested in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the politics of natural resources, this book reveals the insights gained by looking at post-Soviet development and international relations issues not only from a Moscow-centered perspective, but from that of individual actors in other states.

“A tour de force analysis ... rich in data and clear in exposition, with more than sufficient detail to educate specialists and to interest generalists concerned with European and world affairs.” (Walter C. Clemens, Jr. Journal of Baltic Studies)“The definitive account of Russia’s energy trade with its western neighbours ... Summing Up: Essential.” (P.Rutland Choice Magazine, vol 51:10:2014)‘Balmaceda’s book is the most informative monograph available on all the various aspects of “the energy sector” in Ukraine, as well as in Belarus and Lithuania…. The book surely deserves a wider reading than those attracted by its main title.’ (Hans Oversloot East European Politics vol 30:02:2014)‘The Politics of Energy Dependency is a ground breaking empirical study. It raises crucial questions that anyone interested in energy studies of ex-soviet countries and Russia ought to consider.’ (Keneshbek Abdirakhmanov The Journal of Slavic Military Studies vol 27:03:2014)‘This study is a strong balance of theoretical framing and empirical richness… This book has new information and valuable insights in it for a wide range of readers.’ (William M. Reisinger Slavic Review vol 73:03:2014) “A major contribution to research on the issue of energy trade in post-Soviet space, The Politics of Energy Dependency provides a very logical analysis of some very complicated, non-transparent phenomena. It is a work of very high quality scholarship that offers a vast amount of new information, lucid, detailed explanations, and compelling arguments.” (Oleh Havrylyshyn, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto)“This book is probably the most important contribution to the study of energy, politics, and international political economy in the postsocialist world in recent years. Using a comparative framework – never done in the field at this level of detail – Margarita M. Balmaceda presents a convincing argument drawn from international political economy and resource rent approaches. A serious advance in state-of-the-art research, it is an impressively developed and well-presented contribution that will set the standard in the field.” (Ulrich Best, Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, York University)

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  • PDF | 464 pages
  • University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; Reprint edition (July 23, 2015)
  • English
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  • Politics & Social Sciences

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  • By James Janos on January 6, 2014

    After reading roughly 65% of this book, I would recommend it for undergraduate and graduate students, policymakers, practitioners, and journalists interested in learning about energy politics. Despite some obvious grammatical errors, this book does an excellent job diving deep into the relationship that three FSU have with Russia, based upon their reliance on Russia because of its immense amount of hydrocarbon resources. Furthermore,I recommend this book for courses in energy security and politics, and/or international political economy. Balmaceda does a great job logically explaining her argument, the states that will be discussed, why they will be discussed, and the two main questions that she hopes to answer. The book is very well structured, and sticks to answering the main questions set forth in the openning chapter of the book. In addition, Dr. Balmaceda does an outstanding job using sources of information from all four countries discussed, in order to demonstrate how Russia has used energy as a tool for dealing with states that were used to for so many years inexpensive energy prices. The book does an excellent job highlighting the embeddedness of corruption of individuals in the states discussed, and how powerful individual actors have been able to use their positions as influential politicians or businessmen in order to advance themselves and other select groups economically.


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