Waiting for Reform Under Putin and Medvedev

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-09-18
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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In September 2009 Russia's Dmitrii Medvedev unveiled the term that was to become the defining objective of his presidency: 'modernization.' Leaving office in the spring of 2012 it was apparent that no serious changes of this kind had taken place, and popular resistance was mounting. Why so? And why has resistance to reform been so significant in postcommunist Russia, not just in this but in other cases as well? The various contributors to this book, drawn from a group of intellectuals who have shaped the discussion in Russia itself as well as leading scholars from other countries, focus on the contested nature of the concept of modernization and the obstacles that arose in attempting to carry it into practical effect obstacles that leave a challenging agenda for a new Russian presidency in the years to come.

Author Biography

Lena Jonson is Senior Research Fellow, Associate Professor, and Head of the Russia Research Programme at the Swedish Institute of international Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden. She was Cultural Counsellor of the Swedish Embassy in Moscow from 2005-09. She is the author of several books on Russia and Central Asia, including Vladimir Putin and Central Asia: The Shaping of Russian Foreign Policy (2004) and Tajikistan in the New Central Asia (2006). Stephen White is James Bryce Professor of Politics at the University of Glasgow, UK, and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Applied Politics in Moscow, Russia. He is joint Chief Editor of the Journal of Eurasian Studies and the author of more than 40 books, including Understanding Russian Politics (2011) and Russia's Authoritarian Elections (with others, 2011). He was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2010.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. vii
General Editor's Prefacep. ix
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. xi
Notes on Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Challenge of Modernization in Russia
Globalization and Discursive Resistance: Authoritarian Power Structures in Russia and the Challenges of Modernityp. 19
Russian Modernization Doctrines under Debatep. 38
Characteristics of the Russian System
The Nature and Function of 'Putinism'p. 61
The Myth of the Russian 'Unique Path' and Public Opinionp. 81
Socio-Cultural Factors and Russian Modernizationp. 96
Piecemeal Reform under Putin and Medvedev
The Policymaking Process in Putin's Prime Ministershipp. 119
Business Representation in the State Dumap. 140
De-bureaucratizing the Small Business Sectorp. 159
United Russia's Political Recruitment in the Russian Regions and 'the Strengthening of the Power Vertical': The Case of Novgorod Regionp. 170
Challenges and Risks of Modernization
Modernization and the Russian Regionsp. 193
Benefits and Risks of Political Modernization in Russiap. 213
Reflections in Early 2012
Modernization and Afterp. 237
Indexp. 251
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