Russian Power and Public Policy (A Historian’s Notes about the Reasons of Unsuccess of the Democratic Transit)

Pivovarov Yu.S.,

Dr. Sci. (Pol. Sci.), Academician, Academic Supervisor, Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of Comparative Political Science Department, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. Moscow, Russia,

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2006.01.02

For citation:

Pivovarov Yu.S. Russian Power and Public Policy (A Historian’s Notes about the Reasons of Unsuccess of the Democratic Transit) . – Polis. Political Studies. 2006. No. 1. P. 12-32. (In Russ.).


The article offers a historical interpretation of the reasons of the failure of still another Russian transit. Being sure that notwithstanding all reforms the “essence” of Russian politics has remained and what is going on now is not only and not simply return to the Soviet times, but return as such, return to what always was, the author sees the sources of such state of things in the specific properties of the Russian System itself, whose determinative characteristic is powercentricity. According to his conclusion, at the present time the Russian System is in the process of transition to a new historical form of its existence, whose main particular characteristic is realization of authority powers through a particular new growth – “power plasma”, where conflicts will proceed without destroying society. As a most important dimension of the “power plasma”, the author reckons a corruption mechanism working by means of the “power party”.

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Sokolov M.M.,
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Glebova I.I.,
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Kazantzev A.A.,
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