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Putin's Elite and the Legacies of Soviet Quasi-Modernisation in Contemporary Russia


Pakulski, J, Putin's Elite and the Legacies of Soviet Quasi-Modernisation in Contemporary Russia, Transcultural Studies, 9 pp. 47-61. ISSN 1930-6253 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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In spite of its rich energy resources and strategic location, and in spite of the declared commitment to further liberal reforms by political leaders, Russia seems to be experiencing some transition and developmental problems. Economic growth is uneven and relatively slow (compared with other BRICS and oil/gas exporters). The Russian state remains centralistic, controlling, corrupt and inert. Russian politics is undergoing a retrogressive 'authoritarian turn' accompanied by a tightening of control over the media. The political competition for the top political offices is so skewed, the opposition so restricted, and the mass media so constrained, that the Freedom House no longer classifies Russia as 'free ' and 'democratic'. State patronage, protectionism and the taxation burden remain high, corruption is endemic, access to financing is limited- all constraining Russia's development and preventing the advanced modernisation of the state, economy and society. These developments in contemporary Russia are analysed and explained as correlates of the outlooks, strategic goals and power interests of the new Russian elite - Putin 's siloviki. The developmental problems of contemporary Russia are linked to the 'Soviet legacies' of socialist 'quasi-modernisation ' revived by Putin 's siloviki in their attempt to consolidate power and stabilise politics by 'restoring' Russia's power and influence.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Russia, Putin's elite, siloviki, Soviet legacies, quasimodernisation
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Pakulski, J (Professor Jan Pakulski)
ID Code:95773
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-10-08
Last Modified:2017-04-28

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