Russia's 2020 Constitutional Amendments: A Comparative Perspective

17 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2020 Last revised: 23 Jun 2020

Date Written: June 12, 2020

Abstract

This article will place the 2020 amendments to the Russian Constitution in comparative perspective. These amendments have been justified as a way of strengthening the Russian state in order to tackle emerging new problems. Comparatively, these amendments follow the recent ‘populist’ trend toward state-building grounded on constitutional centralism, anti-institutionalism, and protectionism. This populist agenda draws on many of the same ideas found in socialist state-building that contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union. For modern Russia, therefore, these reforms further entrench this problematic socialist legacy and are therefore likely to undermine the creation of an effective, stable, and strong Russian state.

Keywords: constitutional law, comparative law, Russia

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Partlett, William, Russia's 2020 Constitutional Amendments: A Comparative Perspective (June 12, 2020). U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 887, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3625390 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3625390

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