The paper examines the political values of the Russian middle class and in particular, middle class support for democracy. The study demonstrates that middle class is not a homogeneous and cohesive body. Occupational, demographic and spatial divisions have weakened the solidarity of the middle class and questioned its role as a catalyst for democratic change. A crucial divide here is between those members of the middle class who depend on the state for their livelihood and those who work in the non-state sectors of the economy. In contrast to those scholars who see the Russian middle class as a bastion of democracy and a major source of opposition to the Putin regime, this analysis demonstrates that a majority of the members of the middle class support the regime and given the choice will opt for the status quo over the uncertainties of regime change and revolutionary upheavals.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Russian Middle Class: Agent of Democracy or Bastion of the Status Quo?|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Apr 2017|
- Middle class
- Political values