Elusive Russia

Current Developments in Russian State Identity and Institutional Reform under President Putin

Edited by Ria Laenen and Katlijn Malfliet

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Since President Putin came to power, Russia's domestic political process underwent continuous changes. Up till now it remains unclear whether Russia is on the road towards becoming a fullfledged democracy or if it is diverting from this path. Elusive Russia brings together the views of four leading Russia experts on Russian state identity and institutional reform. Marie Mendras, Luke March, Irina Busygina and Andrei Zakharov share their original approaches on some key components of today's russian politics and bring their own perspective to the complex and ongoing process of Russia's nation and state building. They address urgent questions that relate to Russia's post-Soviet democratization process. In which way has the relationship between the legislative and executive branches of power been developing? How has Russia conceptualized itself as a federal state? How strong is the nationalist component in today's Russian politics? Which concept of the Rule of Law finds its resonance in Russia's state structures? Although Russia seems to remain an elusive entity according to the concepts of Western political sciences, this volume aims to shed some light on the ongoing political developments by offering a 'status questionis'.

Preface
Katlijn Malfliet and Ria Laenen

Authority and Identity in Russia
Marie Mendras

Russian Nationalism under Putin: a Majority Faith?
Irina Busygina

The Russian Parliament and the Presidency of Vladimir Putin
Andrei Zakharov

Conclusions
Katlijn Malfliet and Ria Laenen

About the Authors

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 240 × 160 × 10 mm

88 pages

ISBN: 9789058676085

Publication: June 29, 2007

Languages: English

Stock item number: 49086

Katlijn Malfliet, Institute for International and European Policy at KU Leuven
Ria Laenen, Institute for International and European Policy at KU Leuven.