Assessing Putin’s claim for success of recent federal reforms, the author reconstructs the latter’s logic as an attempts to rectify what he calls the excesses of early federalism, in order to steer Russia back toward vertical integration and centralisation. The article retraces the institutional makeover that allowed Putin to subdue regional recalcitrance, forcing regional leaders to adjust their strategies ― some going as far as to anticipate the Kremlin’s wishes. Among the patterns that stand out, D. Mitin reminds that those governors who called for a system of appointment instead of election were the same politicians who had supported reducing the number of regions and cancelling mayoral elections. If his findings confirm speculations that centralisation under Putin dramatically restructured the incentive system for regional executives, they also highlight the complex interaction between regional and central powers in the overall process.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.2-585