The Representation of Political and Economic Elites in the Russian Federation Council.

Cameron Ross, Rostislav Turovsky

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    Abstract

    Today's Russian Federation Council, the upper chamber of the bicameral parliament, effectively represents the federal government in the regions rather than providing the regions representation in federal policy-making. The system of choosing members has evolved considerably over time, from direct elections in the early to mid-1990s, to appointments today by the regional executive and legislative branches. In practice, the appointment process is neither democratic, nor representative, instead giving strong benefits to the ruling United Russia party, whose members dominate the chamber. Businesspeople make up a third of the members, but Russia's largest energy and metals companies do not see the rubber stamp body as a way to influence policy-making
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-88
    Number of pages29
    JournalDemokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization
    Volume21
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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