The Russian State and the People: Power, Corruption and the Individual in Putin's Russia by Geir Honneland (Hardback)
Russia's state is often described as an oligarchy, with stakeholders competing for territory and influence underneath one head of state - Vladimir Putin.
Russia's state is often described as an oligarchy, with stakeholders competing for territory and influence underneath one head of state - Vladimir Putin. But what does this mean for Russian citizens on the ground? Who do they go to in order to resolve local or domestic disputes? And what effect does corruption have on their everyday lives? The culmination of a three-year research project, featuring extensive field research, The Russian State and the People seeks to answer those questions. The book is based on 160 qualitative interviews with Russian citizens and Russian civil servants in north-western Russia, from Murmansk to St Petersburg - including both rural areas and urban centres. Basing their hypothesis on Richard Sakwa's theories of a Russian 'normative state', and an 'administrative state' which operates beneath it, the authors assess notions of freedom, 'Russian-ness' and corruption through the experiences of those who live there. This will be an essential part of future research on Russian state power and citizenship under President Putin.
About the Author: Geir Honneland is Research Director at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the Arctic University in Norway. He has published widely on Russian International Relations and Politics, particularly in the Arctic region. He gained his PhD from the University of Oslo in 2000. Ilkka Pietila is a health sociologist and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere, Finland. Pal Wilter Skedsmo is an anthropologist and Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway.
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