Political Elites and the New Russia

The Power Basis of Yeltsin's and Putin's Regimes

by Anton Steen

Series: BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

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.

About The Author

Anton Steen is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo. He has written extensively on elites and democratisation in the Baltic States and is currently engaged in a project on elites and state-transformation in Russia.