THE INSTITUTIONAL OBSTACLES TO ARMENIA’S MODERNIZATION – 2012-1

Thoughts of a Political Scientiest on the Eve of Parliamentary Elections

Summary

Manuk A. Harutyunyan
The article is devoted to the study of the fundamental institutional and socio-cultural obstacles to Armenia’s modernization. It is shown that the main component of Armenia’s authoritarian political system is the corporate state, whose economic elite and state departments have united to form a coarse managerial heirachy. Presented are the barriers to the country’s road to modernization: political corruption, legal nihilism, clientelism and other negative phenomenon.

In order to overcome these, the author proposes and bases his argument that the content of the national-democratic program of Armenia’s modernization and the fundamental conditions of its realization, is the principle of connecting democracy with patriotism and justice.

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