Explains the absence of wide-scale protest over unpaid wages in Russia
Introduction -- The crisis -- The reaction -- The puzzle -- The structure of this book -- Why blame attribution matters for protest -- Explanations for protest and passivity in Russia -- Issue difficulty and blame attribution -- Blame attribution and collective action theory -- The importance of blame attribution for human behavior -- What is a "normal" amount of protest? -- How much protest is there in Russia? -- What we can learn from individual-level data -- Conclusion -- Wage arrears in Russia: a difficult issue -- The role of the central authorities -- The role of regional and local authorities -- The role of enterprises and enterprise managers -- The role of the general economic situation and the transition period -- The role of international organizations and foreign governments -- The role of the Russian people -- Other sources of wage arrears -- Specifying blameworthy individuals and institutions -- Blame-avoiding strategies -- Blame-avoiding institutions and circumstances -- Conclusion -- Whom Russians blame for wage arrears -- Multicausality and information overload -- Measuring the attribution of blame -- Blame cast widely and inconsistently -- No clear saviors or solutions -- What explains the attribution of blame? -- Conclusion -- The politics of blame -- Protesting wage arrears -- Blame attribution and individual responses to wage arrears -- Blame attribution and group responses to wage arrears -- Feedback: protest's influence on blame attribution -- Conclusion -- Alternative explanations for the Russian response to wage arrears -- Economic arguments -- Psychological arguments -- Cultural arguments -- Organizational arguments -- Opportunities and constraints -- Other explanations for protest and passivity -- The robust relationship betweenblame and protest -- Conclusion -- Implications -- The study of blame attribution and collective action theory -- Blame and protest in comparative perspective -- The unlikeliness of social unrest in Russia -- Alcoholism, depression, and learned helplessness -- Scapegoating and demagoguery -- Appendix A. how the survey was conducted -- Appendix B. survey questions.