Thursday, June 22, 2017

Putin’s State Machine Increasingly Dysfunctional in Six Ways, Solovey Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, June 22 – MGIMO professor and commentator Valery Solovey says there are six trends in Russian governance today that suggest the conclusion that “the dysfunction of state administration” in Putin’s Russia is growing ( The six he points to are:

1.      “Strategic goal setting is lacking: bureaucrats aren’t able to discover the meaning and goals of state policy.”

2.      “The old pact between the supreme power and elites – enrichment in exchange for loyalty – has been irretrievably destroyed. The new one – unity and firmness in the face of geopolitical challenges – does not generate enthusiasm and is losing definition.”

3.      “The deficit of resources and positive sanctions is compensated by repression sanctions (‘the struggle with corruption’). A lack of comprehension of their logic does not so much increase loyalty and sow fear and leads to administrative paralysis.”

4.      “The feedback link with society has been destroyed in a catastrophic way. The authorities respond to political protests with repressions, an approach that can lead to a spiral of confrontation.”

5.      “The obvious collision between centers of influence is lowering the capacity of the apparatus as a whole and sharply increasing the risk of strategically dangerous decision.” Solovey cites the example of Moscow’s plans to demolish the khrushchoby.

6.      “The informal intra-elite communications which had compensated for the lack of institutions have been destroyed and are ceasing to work.”

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