The Militarization of the Russian Elite under Putin
Type of Work
Problems of Post-Communism
This article reviews the vast literature on Russia’s transformation into a “militocracy”—a state in which individuals with career experience in Russia’s various force structures occupy important positions throughout the polity and economy—during the reign of former KGB lieutenant colonel Vladimir Putin. We show that (1) elite militarization has been extensively utilized both to describe and explain core features of Russian foreign and domestic policy; and (2) notwithstanding its widespread usage, the militocracy framework rests on a rather thin, and in some cases flawed, body of empirical research. We close by discussing the remaining research agenda on this subject and listing several alternative theoretical frameworks to which journalists and policymakers arguably should pay equal or greater attention.
Rivera, David W. and Sharon Werning Rivera. "The Militarization of the Russian Elite under Putin." Problems of Post-Communism (March 24, 2017). https://doi.org/10.1080/10758216.2017.1295812.
Hamilton Areas of Study
Government, Russian Studies