ROLE OF THE REGIONAL POLICY ELITES IN MODERNIZATION OF CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN SOCIETY: THEORETICAL ASPECT

Voytov Aleksander Vladimirovich
Post-graduate student, Sociology Department, Volgograd State University
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Galkin Anatoly Pavlovich
Candidate of Sociology, Associate Professor, Sociology Department, Volgograd State University
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Abstract: On the basis of approaches in national political theory, the authors analyze the concept of 'policy elite' and prove their position with the results of regional empirical study. The authors examine the characteristics of regional policy elite, its ways and forms of recruitment and evaluate the extent of its involvement in regional modernization projects.

Key words: policy elite, elitism, region, political institutions, power, clientele, forms of elite recruitment, modernization, social and political projects.

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