Post-soviet party of power:
the United Russia in a comparative context

Makarenko B.I.,

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Center of Political Technologies, professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics,

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For citation:

Makarenko B.I. Post-soviet party of power: the United Russia in a comparative context . Polis. Political Studies. 2011. No. 1. P. 42-65. (In Russ.)


It is the phenomenon of dominant party in transitional societies that is considered in the article: the dominant parties’ common features, their main types and their functions in a given political system. In such comparativistic context, the author presents specific characteristics of the dominant parties in the post-Soviet states (he distinguishes them as a specific type, suggesting to raise the journalistic cliche “party of power” into the status of a political-science term, in order to bring it out). Further on, the author retraces in detail the evolution, the programmatico-political positioning and the functions of the “United Russia” party and comes to the conclusion that the tasks of Russia’s modernization demand qualitative renewal of this party.


Content No. 1, 2011

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