The Russian Economy: From Plan to Market

Final year module

Lecturer: Richard Connolly

Students will gain an appreciation of the political economy of a non-market economic system and become acquainted with the concepts and theories developed to understand the post-communist transformation of that system into a market economy. Those with a prior knowledge of economics will broaden their range of expertise and understanding of comparative economic analysis; those without economics will gain knowledge of a new discipline in a non-mathematical form.

All students will learn much about the Soviet Union and Russia, its development and prospects. Will the former communist superpower succeed in establishing a viable market economy able to compete in an increasingly globalised world economy? Is it too dependent on exports of oil and gas? A partner or adversary of the West.


  • Two 2000-word assessed essays (50%)
  • Three-hour written examination (50%)