The Dynamics of Russian Politics: Putin's Reform of Federal-Regional Relations

The Dynamics of Russian Politics: Putin's Reform of Federal-Regional Relations

by Peter Reddaway, Robert W. Orttung, Boris Demidov, PHILIP HANSON, Henry E. Hale
     
 
Who rules Russia? This question is generated by President Vladimir Putin's most ambitious reform program to date—his attempt since 2000 to reshape the Russian federation, centralize much of the power lost by the Kremlin to the eighty-nine regional governors during the 1990s, and strengthen his weak grip on Russia's institutions and political elite. In The

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Who rules Russia? This question is generated by President Vladimir Putin's most ambitious reform program to date—his attempt since 2000 to reshape the Russian federation, centralize much of the power lost by the Kremlin to the eighty-nine regional governors during the 1990s, and strengthen his weak grip on Russia's institutions and political elite. In The Dynamics of Russian Politics Russian and Western authors from the fields of political science, economics, ethnology, law, and journalism examine the reform's impact on key areas of Russian life, including big business, law enforcement, corruption, political party development, health care, local government, small business, and ethnic relations. Volume I presents the historical context and an overview of the reforms, then tracks how Putin's plans were implemented and resisted across each of the seven new federal okrugs, or megaregions, into which he divided Russia. In particular, the authors analyze the goals and contrasting political styles of his seven commissars and how their often-concealed struggles with the more independent and determined governors played out. Volume II examines the impact of these reforms on Russia's main political institutions; the increasingly assertive business community; and the defense, police, and security ministries. It also analyzes how the reforms have affected such key policy areas as local government, health care, political party development, the battle against corruption, small business, ethnic relations, and the ongoing Chechen war. Together, the two volumes simultaneously reveal that Putin's successes have been much more limited and ambiguous than is widely believed in the West while offering detailed and nuanced answers to the difficult but crucial question: Who rules Russia?

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Slavic Review
A continuation of the first volume that examined the historical context and regional responses to Vladamir Putin's sweeping reforms of Russia's political system, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative compilation of research examining the short- and long- term implications of these reforms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742526464
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2005
Series:
Dynamics of Russian Politics: Putin's Reform of Federal-Regional Relations Series
Edition description:
Volume 2
Pages:
540
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.57(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Reddaway is professor of political science at The George Washington University. Robert W. Orttung is the head of regional studies at the EastWest Institute (New York).

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