Publication Date

April 2010

Advisor(s)

Peter Rutland

Major

Government; Russian and East European Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Russia’s environmental challenges after the fall of the Soviet Union are rarely studied in Western academia. This thesis seeks to fill the void in the literature and challenges the “universality” of Western models for environmental policymaking. Through a three-tiered case study on Lake Baikal, Sakhalin Island, and the Arctic, this work examines the efficacy of community organizations in shaping policy and gives a solid scientific foundation for the reader to judge the resulting policy outcomes.

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