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RussiaThe Challenges of Transformation$
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Piotr Dutkiewicz and Dmitri Trenin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785003

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785003.001.0001

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The Sovereign Bureaucracy in Russia’s Modernizations

The Sovereign Bureaucracy in Russia’s Modernizations

(p.73) Chapter Three The Sovereign Bureaucracy in Russia’s Modernizations

Georgi Derluguian

NYU Press

This chapter situates the cumulative cycle of democratizations and de-democratizations in the macro-historical perspective of Russia's long-running modernizing efforts. Beyond the polemical élan of Russian intelligentsia, the chapter develops an alternative argument, which mainly derives from the geopolitical and organizational theories of historical macrosociology. In this perspective, Russia appears an uncertain, yet also quite-successful modernizer. Thus, the chapter traces the historic transformation of Russia's political structures, which had eventually culminated in the domestic and international landscape inherited by Putin. If the present recovery of state power becomes a platform for another modernization, in a consequential historical irony Putin might yet prove a contributor to Russia's future democratization.

Keywords:   democratization, de-democratization, historical macrosociology, state power, Russia

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