1st Edition

Law and Power in Russia
Making Sense of Quasi-Legal Practices





ISBN 9780367664435
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
238 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the issue of selective law enforcement, arguing that the manipulation of the legal system by powerful insiders is a distinctive feature of Putinism, reflecting both its hybrid authoritarianism and Russian legal culture. Based on extensive research including interviews with the victims of selective law enforcement, the book analyses how selective law enforcement works in Russia, discusses the link between law and power, and relates the Russian situation to examples from elsewhere and to general legal theories and ideas of political hybridity.

Table of Contents

Part I: Law and Power in Russian Politics



Chapter 1. Law and power in authoritarian regimes. Research and perspectives



Chapter 2. The Russian legal tradition



Chapter 3. The creation of a new quasi-legal order



Chapter 4. The politico-legal duality of Putinism, Part II: Selective Law Enforcement in Theory and Practice



Chapter 5. Selective law enforcement as a mechanism enforcing informal rules



Chapter 6. Three issue areas of controversy



Chapter 7. A legal minefield: The role of laws in selective law enforcement



Chapter 8. Perceptions about political interference



Chapter 9. The impact of quasi-legal repression



Conlcluding Remarks.

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Biography

Håvard Bækken (b. 1983), obtained a PhD in Russian Area Studies from the University of Oslo (UiO) in 2014. Bækken has been working as a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and guest researcher at the Norwegian University Centre in St. Petersburg and the EU–Russia Centre in Brussels. He has taught Russian politics and history at the Institute of Literature, Area-Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at UiO, and Russian language at the Nansen Academy. Håvard Bækken has earlier publications on issues of law, power, and quasi-legal practices in Russia, as well as on resurgent state patriotism and ‘patriotic education’ in the same country.