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Venäjän epävirallinen hallinto [Russia's Informal Governance]

Ledeneva, AV; (2015) Venäjän epävirallinen hallinto [Russia's Informal Governance]. Idäntutkimus [The Finnish Review of East European Studies] , 2015 (1) pp. 3-14.

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Corruption in present-day Russia can be traced back to traditional practices, to the patterns of patrimonial power and to the Soviet administrative tools – all neglecting and routinely crossing the boundaries between the public and the private. The blurred public/private boundaries form a core for personalised network-based system of governance, often referred to today as ‘Putin’s sistema’. The patterns of ‘feeding,’ ‘joint responsibility’ and ‘Potemkin villages’ are recognisable in the reliance of leadership on such instruments as the use of undeclared incentives, informal affiliations, hidden agendas and warning signals, and can even be seen as effective. Putin’s sistema gives dynamism to government’s economic and political projects by engaging personalized influence, and keeps its subjects on their toes, but at the same time its non-transparent and unaccountable nature creates a fertile ground for corruption and makes the mitigation of the latter difficult. I do not equate informal governance with corruption, but argue that corruption in Russia could not be effectively managed unless its leaders engage in ‘reflective modernisation’ and articulate the consequences of the system of informal governance they operate in, of which endemic corruption is one of the most devastating for the country.

Type: Article
Title: Venäjän epävirallinen hallinto [Russia's Informal Governance]
Location: Finland
Publisher version: http://www.helsinki.fi/idantutkimus/arkisto/2015_1...
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1467480
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