№ 2, 2003
A.V.Duka claims that the institutionalization of Saint-Petersburg’s politico-administrative elite has partially been completed. Power institutes can still be transformed, individuals still do not hold stable positions in the power, but the cadre reserve for the administrative elite has already been created. New social groups that appeared after economic reforms present a social base for new power groups. But these social strata do not possess necessary for dominant groups possibility to define institutional frameworks and institutions. On the one hand, these frameworks are partially defined by the achieved level of development, on the other hand, they are partly determined by the federal Center. Post-Soviet elites emerged as a denial of the previous regime, and it is the models of the past that they are often guided by. The author concurs with western scholars in that political elites remain the main obstacle on the way of democratic development of Russia.
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