Political Elite and the New Russia convincingly argues that although reforms in Russia have been initiated by those close to the President, in fact local and national elites have been the crucial strategic actors in reshaping Russia's economy, democratising its political system and decentralising its administration.
This book analyses the role of elites under Yeltsin and Putin, discussing the extent to which they form a coherent political culture, and how far this culture has been in step with, or at odds with, the reform policies of the Kremlin leadership.
1. Russian elites and the parallel transformations 2. Defining and surveying elites 3. Regime-legitimacy and political stability 4. Democracy Russian style 5. Between the state and the market 6. Integration in a decentralised federation 7. What matters for the elite's orientations? 8. Decision-making cultures 9. The network state 10.The elites and the emerging Russian state