№ 2, 2013
The paper analyzes the structure and evolution of the political elite of Tatarstan. According to the authors’ assessment, the regional elite includes groups varying in their recruitment character that can fight with each other and at the same time step up as a united front against the federal center. In the face of the central government pressure, it managed to preserve its own mechanisms of self-reproduction blocking appointees from outside to any significant positions, but still wielded the most-favored treatment in obtaining federal funding. Bringing back regional governors’ elections opens up novel prospects for the Republic sub-elite groups leaders, but it is only real competition between the ruling and counter-elite that can improve qualification and moral level of regional elite.
Main Page ~ Authors ~ Salagaev Alexander