Russia’ Regional Elites:
Whom They Consist of, and What Are the Tendencies of Their Evolution (I)

Gaman-Golutvina O.V.,

Dr. Sci. (Pol. Sci.), Professor, Head of the Comparative Political Science Department, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, MFA of Russia; President, Russian Russian Political Science Association; Chairman of the Federal Educational and Methodical Association “Political and Regional Studies”; Chairman of the Expert Council, Russian Foundation for Basic Research; Member of RF Civic Chamber,

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DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2004.02.02
For citation:

Gaman-Golutvina O.V. Russia’ Regional Elites: Whom They Consist of, and What Are the Tendencies of Their Evolution (I) . – Polis. Political Studies. 2004. No. 2. P. 6-19. (In Russ.).


It is the results of a large research project, namely: The most influential people of Russia-2003, implemented last year by the Institute for Situational Analyses and New Technologies, that are made use of, and interpreted in the article. In it the author analyzes the composition of the ranks of Russia's regional elites, as well as mechanisms of their formation and rotation. The first part of the article, published in this issue, deals with political elites. As is demonstrated in it, in the course of the administrative-legal reform initiated in 2000, redistribution of political influence in favour of the center has taken place. Regional leaders have lost the status of political actors of federal significance. A regional politician's status and potential are now considerably dependent on his being well-connected in the structures of federal power and are determined to a large extent by support of influential politico-financial clans. According to the author's conclusion, ideological opposition is being replaced by fight for resources; pragmatism is being enthroned as the main principle of regional elites' interaction between themselves and with the center.

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