Regime and State in the Struggle for Russian Modernization

In: Russian Politics
Neil Robinson Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, University of Limerick Limerick Ireland

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Russia’s need to modernize in order both to provide for its peoples and deliver on the ambitions of its rulers are perennial. The articles in this special edition speak to the difficulties that Russia has in modernizing and the hybridity that it demonstrates as modernization and economic development have been shaped by compromise and historical legacies. This introductory article introduces some of these themes by looking at how Russia has reproduced forms of what are called ‘regime-supporting economy’, forms of economy that generate resources to support particular political configurations in power whilst limiting resource accumulation, redistribution and institution-building that can deal with all of the tasks that face the Russian state.

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