№ 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).
№ 3, 1999
Proceeding from the results of sociological research conducted in a number of regions of Russia in 1996-1998 the authors analyze political orientations of the three regional elite groups: representatives of regional authorities, business-elite and the directors' corps. The aim of the research was to define what criteria the regional elites take into consideration when developing the strategy of behavior and making their political choice.
№ 2, 1997
Russia, where there is no mature civil society and influential political organizations, is witnessing the rise of independent groups of interests, whose impact on governmental policies is getting more and more signifiant. These groups are being created by heads of enterprises, well-known buisnessemen, distinguished representatives of regions, many of whom become public figures. Lapina identifies five main groups of interests, characterizing their specificity and degree of ingluence at the federal level. She concludes that the current Russian policy is a result of a difficult compromise between the federal authorities and the most influential groups of interests, which are growing into genuine "political groups of interests".
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