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Siberian Bosses: Elite Formation and Legitimization in Russia From a Regional Perspective (1991-2004)

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  • Fri 14 Oct 2011 15.00 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2011-10-14 15:00 2011-10-14 17:00 Europe/Paris Siberian Bosses: Elite Formation and Legitimization in Russia From a Regional Perspective (1991-2004)

The political power to direct society is legitimate only when it expresses the
identity of society and is attached to social values and norms. The problem is that, in
Russia, the demolition of the Communist ideology and the disappearance of the country’s
borders as defined by the Soviet Union called the essence of Russian identity into
question. This question was mainly answered in negative terms by rejecting the Soviet
model of social and individual existence. The paradox is that the majority of the new
political elites in fact possessed rather extensive records of political, professional and
personal commitments to the now defunct Soviet constitutional order. This thesis
undertakes to illustrate the elements upon which the newly institutionalized elites
subsumed themselves into self-legitimizing narratives with the goal of obtaining,
maintaining and exercising power in the remote Russian regions. Provided that the cohort
of central elites had been historically recruited from the pool of regional elites, the
findings of the thesis present a viable study of successful narratives of legitimization for
the securing of elite positions far beyond the regional level.

Cappella, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA DD/MM/YYYY
  Cappella, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

The political power to direct society is legitimate only when it expresses the
identity of society and is attached to social values and norms. The problem is that, in
Russia, the demolition of the Communist ideology and the disappearance of the country’s
borders as defined by the Soviet Union called the essence of Russian identity into
question. This question was mainly answered in negative terms by rejecting the Soviet
model of social and individual existence. The paradox is that the majority of the new
political elites in fact possessed rather extensive records of political, professional and
personal commitments to the now defunct Soviet constitutional order. This thesis
undertakes to illustrate the elements upon which the newly institutionalized elites
subsumed themselves into self-legitimizing narratives with the goal of obtaining,
maintaining and exercising power in the remote Russian regions. Provided that the cohort
of central elites had been historically recruited from the pool of regional elites, the
findings of the thesis present a viable study of successful narratives of legitimization for
the securing of elite positions far beyond the regional level.


Location:
Cappella, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Thesis defence

Supervisor:
Prof. Arfon Rees

Contact:
Francesca Parenti - Send a mail

Examiner:
Prof. László Bruszt (Central European University)
Prof. Cameron Ross (University of Dundee)
Prof. Marie Mendras (London Scuool of Economics)

Defendant:
Anna Bara (EUI - R.Schuman Center)
 

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