Interview: How Russia’s ‘Sistema’ Leads To The ‘Modernization Trap’
He said, “You know, it is no good to punish people individually. You need a whole change of sistema in order to get rid of corruption.” And that is where I picked it up and I thought it was fascinating to learn what that sistema actually is. And when I started to study, I realized it is a very elusive term. It is a shorthand term for a system of governance that usually refers to things that are not to be named. It is like the open secrets of governance. That’s where we talk about “the sistema way of doing things” or “sistema pressure” on people. We never explicitly refer to what they are, but we assume we all understand what we are talking about.
And how similar to South Africa!