The Russian Elite under Putin: Militocratic or Bourgeois?
Type of Work
Since Vladimir Putin took over the presidency, analysts have highlighted the large numbers of siloviki—those with experience in the military and security agencies—who have been recruited into government service. Two political scientists investigate this trend by reexamining previously published findings and using an original data set. Claims of the "FSB-ization of power" under Putin and an underappreciated trend in elite formation under Putin—the increasing presence of business representatives in the government and society at large—are considered. The article examines the implications of its findings for Russia's future political development, particularly in terms of stability and democracy.
Rivera, Sharon W. and David W. Rivera. “The Russian Elite under Putin: Militocratic or Bourgeois?” Post-Soviet Affairs 22, no. 2 (April-June 2006): 125-144.
Hamilton Areas of Study
Government, Russian Studies, World Politics