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Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State (Columbia/Hurst)

Mendras, Marie

Editore: Columbia University Press
ISBN 10: 0231703902 / ISBN 13: 9780231703901
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Titolo: Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak ...

Casa editrice: Columbia University Press

Legatura: Hardcover

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What has become of the Russian state twenty years after the collapse of Communism? Why have the rulers and the ruled turned away from democratic institu¬tions and the rule of law? What explains the Putin regime's often uncooperative policies towards Europe and its difficult relations with the rest of the world? These are among the key issues discussed in this essential book on contemporary Russia by Marie Mendras, France's leading scholar on the subject.

Mendras provides an original and incisive analysis of Russia's political system since Gorbachev's perestroika. Contrary to conven¬tional thinking, she contends that today the Russian state is weak and ineffective. Vladimir Putin has dismantled and under¬mined most public institutions, and has consolidated a patronage system of rule. The Medvedev presidency was but one chapter in the story, as Putin's re-election exemplifies. Political and economic power remains concentrated in the hands of a few groups and individuals, and the elites remain loyal to the leadership in order to hold on to their positions and prosper. Those at the helm of the state are unaccountable to the society they govern.

Up until the economic crisis of 2008, ordinary Russians largely turned a blind eye to these authoritarian methods because living standards had markedly improved. The economic slowdown, rising corruption and unfair elections have put the leadership under pressure, and have caused unprecedented public protest.


Marie Mendras is Professor at Sciences Po University and Research Fellow with the CNRS and the Centre for International Study and Research (CERI) in Paris. She is an Associate Fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House.

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