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Author Taylor, Brian D., 1964-

Title State building in Putin's Russia : policing and coercion after communism / Brian D. Taylor
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 373 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Bringing the gun back in : coercion and the state -- The power ministries and the siloviki -- Coercion and capacity : political order and the central state -- Coercion and capacity : centralization and federalism -- Coercion and quality : power ministry practices and personnel -- Coercion and quality : the state and society -- Coercion in the North Caucasus -- State capacity and quality reconsidered -- Appendix A: Publication abbreviations -- Appendix B: Interview index
Summary "Building a strong Russian state was the central goal of Vladimir Putin's presidency. This book argues that Putin's strategy for rebuilding the state was fundamentally flawed. Taylor demonstrates that a disregard for the way state officials behave toward citizens--state quality--had a negative impact on what the state could do--state capacity. Focusing on those organizations that control state coercion, what Russians call the "power ministries," Taylor shows that many of the weaknesses of the Russian state that existed under Boris Yeltsin persisted under Putin. Drawing on extensive field research and interviews, as well as a wide range of comparative data, the book reveals the practices and norms that guide the behavior of Russian power ministry officials (the so-called siloviki), especially law enforcement personnel. By examining siloviki behavior from the Kremlin down to the street level, State building in Putin's Russia uncovers the who, where, and how of Russian state building after communism"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1952- -- Political and social views.
Yeltsin, Boris Nikolayevich, 1931-2007 -- Influence.
Duress (Law) -- Russia (Federation) -- History.
Federal government -- Russia (Federation) -- History.
Police power -- Russia (Federation) -- History.
Post-communism -- Russia (Federation) -- History.
Power (Social sciences) -- Russia (Federation) -- History.
State, The -- History -- 20th century.
State, The -- History -- 21st century.
Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1139010123 (electronic bk.)
9781139010122 (electronic bk.)