№ 4, 2011
Relying on the materials of the research conducted in Samara oblast during the summer, 2010, A.Chirikova shows that the clearly traceable reorientation of the Kremlin towards forming gubernatorial body out of people who have nothing to do with the local community cannot itself guarantee efficient functioning of the “vertical of power”. Having analyzed by the example of the regional case study how the arrival of the “varangian” gubernator (i.e. outsider) impacted the situation in the region including the standings of the local elites and disposition of intra-elitist forces, the author demonstrates that even the wholehearted support for Moscow appointee by the federal centre does not preclude rapid increase in governability, and the increasing dissatisfaction of the local elites even if it is concentrated within certain political institutions puts stability of the situation in the region under question.
№ 4, 2000
In many Russian regions, the current power has a transitional character. This is not the old-time system of governing, which totally depended on the Center but is still far from being democratic power. The transitional situation of regional power can be defined as governed democracy. Within this system, the executive authorities cover practically all the public space, the division of powers is formal, and the democratic institutions are still being formed. The governed democracy is a way of overcoming chaos and strengthening of the power vertical for the Russian regions. The authors substantiate their concept at the examples of Rostov and Perm oblast (regions).
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