Elites and Democratic Development in Russia

Elites and Democratic Development in Russia

Elites and Democratic Development in Russia

Elites and Democratic Development in Russia


The transformation from Communist rule towards democratic development in Russia cannot be fully understood without taking the elites into full consideration. Elites and Democratic Development in Russia examines how elites support and challenge democracy and why they are crucial to Russian democracy in particular. In this innovative volume, twelve respected scholars investigate how elites have affected the transition from Communist rule towards democratic development in Russia. They discuss how the elites' degree of integration on national and regional levels may constitute the main condition for the consolidation of the emerging political regime and interpret the complex post-communist elite patterns of behaviour and attitudes into a theoretical framework of elitist democracy. This book will appeal to those interested in democratization, elites, post-Soviet Russia and post-communist studies.


The purpose of the present volume is to shed light on democratic development in Russia, the argument being that the elite's behaviour and attitudes are the main determinants for the type of political regime that is taking root in Russia. the volume is the result of the seminar 'The New Elites in Russia - Consequences for Democratic Development and Economic Reforms' held in St Petersburg in September 2000, where we spent three days in fruitful discussions on a wide range of issues relating to elites and democratization.

We would like to thank the University of Oslo for travel grants that made the seminar possible. the Norwegian Research Council, the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo and the Ford Foundation in Moscow have contributed with financial support. Thank you to John Taylor who contributed with language editing of major parts of the book. Gratitude is also expressed to the Norwegian University Center at St Petersburg for providing facilities for the seminar that made this book possible.

Oslo/St Petersburg, September 2002

Anton Steen

Vladimir Gel'man

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