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Authoritarian Welfare State, Regime Stability, and the 2018 Pension Reform in Russia

Authoritarian Welfare State, Regime Stability, and the 2018 Pension Reform in Russia This article evaluates the role of the authoritarian welfare state (AWS) in upholding regime stability in Vladimir Putin's Russia. The AWS has contributed to sociopolitical stability over the past 20 years by (1) maintaining frequent interactions between the state and the population, (2) providing a way for the regime to uphold a reputation for not cheating the population out of the proceeds of growth, and (3) generating significant benefits for the rulers and the ruled. The pension reform enacted in 2018 undermined the three pillars of the AWS and, therefore, increased the chances of future political instability. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Communist and Post-Communist Studies University of California Press

Authoritarian Welfare State, Regime Stability, and the 2018 Pension Reform in Russia

Communist and Post-Communist Studies , Volume 53 (1): 17 – Mar 1, 2020

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University of California Press
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0967-067X
eISSN
1873-6920
DOI
10.1525/j.postcomstud.2020.53.1.100
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Abstract

This article evaluates the role of the authoritarian welfare state (AWS) in upholding regime stability in Vladimir Putin's Russia. The AWS has contributed to sociopolitical stability over the past 20 years by (1) maintaining frequent interactions between the state and the population, (2) providing a way for the regime to uphold a reputation for not cheating the population out of the proceeds of growth, and (3) generating significant benefits for the rulers and the ruled. The pension reform enacted in 2018 undermined the three pillars of the AWS and, therefore, increased the chances of future political instability.

Journal

Communist and Post-Communist StudiesUniversity of California Press

Published: Mar 1, 2020

Keywords: Russia; redistribution; social policy; authoritarianism; welfare state

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