The paper evaluates Putin’s state building efforts in terms of its impact on democratic change in Russia. Putin’s evolution is treated as a response and not a solution to the legacy of the Yeltsin era reforms that created a politico-economic system lacking widespread legitimacy. It is argued that Putin’s consolidation of power through his centralization measures seriously undermines Russia’s prospects for democratization. The paper analyzes his efforts to wrest authority away from regional leaders, oligarchs, parliament and civil society. The analysis contends that concentration of state power in the absence of horizontal accountability and an effective state bureaucracy will only consolidate a non-democratic regime incapable of implementing its proclaimed public policy goals.
Research Article| March 01 2005
Putin’s Etatization project and limits to democratic reforms in Russia☆
☆ The author would like to thank Michael Bernhard and Jean Francois Mayer for their valuable comments.
Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2005) 38 (1): 25–48.
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S. Mohsin Hashim; Putin’s Etatization project and limits to democratic reforms in Russia. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 March 2005; 38 (1): 25–48. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2005.01.005
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