Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

Table of Contents

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pp. 5-5

List of Abbreviations

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pp. 6-6

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Preface

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pp. 7-12

Today we find ourselves in the middle of a vigorous debate on the ontology of the Russian state. Is Russia gradually developing towards a democratic state organization and can we conclude, as Andrei Shleifer does in his latest book, that Russia is a “normal” half-developed democracy?1 ...

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Authority and Identity in Russia

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pp. 13-32

The question of the state is central in Russia. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, ruling elites gave more attention to economic restructuring and to power-building than to a profound reform of the state organization. With privatizations and the new market conditions, the state and its organs appeared to be an outmoded system of rule ...

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Russian Nationalism under Putin: A Majority Faith?

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pp. 33-52

Judging by much coverage, Russian nationalism is the story of contemporary Russian politics. Indeed, a “humiliated” former superpower beset by rampaging crime and appalling socio-economic problems has seemed at times a prime candidate for succumbing either to Yugoslav-style ethnic conflict or a “Weimar” scenario with revanchist forces threatening to win via the ballot box.1 ...

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The Outcomes of a Decade of Federal Reforms in Russia and the Newest Developments

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pp. 53-72

In Russia as well as in other countries in transition, where federalism has been chosen as the organising principle of political relations between the centre and the regions, federalism in itself represents a special and extremely important dimension of transition. The basics of the federal order were created under President Yeltsin. ...

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The Russian Parliament and the Presidency of Vladimir Putin

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pp. 73-84

Analysing the Russian political system is at the same time easy and difficult. The problem is easy to solve insofar as the core feature of the Russian political system at present is its mono-subject-ness and, hence, simplicity; the Russian political arena is a one-man stage for a solo performance. ...

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Conclusions

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pp. 85-88

Why is it so difficult to find a common language with Russia? Through the sequence of EU-Russia summits in the framework of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement the disillusion of the European Union became difficult to hide. Even if the European Union sees its relationship with Russia as a “pragmatic partnership”, ...

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About the Authors

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pp. 89-90

Irina Busygina is Professor and Director of the Center for Regional Political Studies at MGIMO at the School of Political Science of MGIMO (Moscow). Professor Busygina’s research focuses on Russian and German federalism, centerperiphery relations from the Russian and European perspective, regional identity and regional policy. ...