Russia's 2020 Constitutional Amendments: A Comparative Perspective
17 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2020 Last revised: 23 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 12, 2020
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
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