Metaphysical dimensions of elite transformations in Russia

Metaphysical dimensions of elite transformations in Russia

Gaman-Golutvina O.V.,

Dr. Sci. (Polit. Sci.), Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Comparative Political Science Department, MGIMO University; President of the Russian Association of Political Science; Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Comparative Politics”; member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and the Public Council under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia,

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For citation:

Gaman-Golutvina O.V. Metaphysical dimensions of elite transformations in Russia . – Polis. Political Studies. 2012. No. 4. P. 23-40. (In Russ.)


The quest of the article is to be found in the author’s analysis of metaphysical dimensions of the Russian political elites’ transformations in the post-Soviet period. The article deals – in terms of metaphysics – with the essential alteration of the orientations (on the level of purport of life) proper to the Russian elites (with the changing mechanisms of their legitimation) – elites that have been taking shape throughout the latest five centuries as geocracy (stratum with a historical vocation to gather lands together, to govern them and to defend them), but in the long run have turned into nomadic undertakers oriented on maximization of profits.

Russia; elites; power; metaphysics; geocracy; marketization; transformation.

Content No. 4, 2012

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