Leading Russia: Putin In Perspective: Essays In Honour Of Archie Brown

Hardcover | December 20, 2005

byAlex Pravda

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Leaders and leadership continue to dominate Russia's political development. Like his predecessors in the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin has made a crucial impact on the substance and style of Russian politics. His efforts to use traditional tools of state power to manage democracy and marketcapitalism have had mixed effects on both.Leading Russia investigates the ambiguities and contradictions of Putin's rule from four perspectives. The volume first considers his leadership in the context of Russia's convulsive historical cycle of revolutionary transformation, breakdown, consolidation, and stagnation. The study then analyseshow normative and institutional components of democracy have fared under Putin's regime of stronger executive control. It proceeds to examine the strengths and weaknesses of presidential power vis-a-vis bureaucratic, regional, and corporate groups. The volume concludes with two assessments of thestrategic direction in which Putin is taking Russia. They explore the tensions between bureaucratic-authoritarian trends and Putin's apparent commitment to electoral democracy, market capitalism, and alignment with the West. The book helps to deepen our understanding of the cultural and institutional factors shaping Putin's leadership approach and policy priorities. More widely, it sheds light on the complexity of the relationship between post-communist leadership, democracy, and economic modernization.

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Leaders and leadership continue to dominate Russia's political development. Like his predecessors in the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin has made a crucial impact on the substance and style of Russian politics. His efforts to use traditional tools of state power to manage democracy and marketcapitalism have had mixed effects on both.Leading R...

Alex Pravda is at Director of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:318 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.89 inPublished:December 20, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alex Pravda: Archie Brown2. Alex Pravda: Introduction: Putin in Perspective3. George Breslauer: Regimes of Political Consolidation: The Putin Presidency in Soviet and Post-Soviet Perspective4. Robert Service: Soviet Political Leadership and 'Sovietological' Modelling5. Leslie Holmes: Russian Corruption and State Weakness in Comparative Post-Communist Perspective6. Timothy J. Colton: Putin and the Attenuation of Russian Democracy7. Paul Chaisty: Majority Control and Executive Dominance: Parliament-President Relations in Putin's Russia8. Stephen Whitefield: Putin's Popularity and its Implications for Democracy in Russia9. Eugene Huskey: Putin as Patron: Cadres Policy in the Russian Transition10. William Tompson: Putin and the 'Oligarchs': A Two-Sided Commitment Problem11. Neil Melvin: Putin's Reform of the Russian Federation12. Lilia Shevtsova: Vladimir Putin's Political Choice: Towards Bureaucratic Authoritarianism13. Andrei Grachev: Putin's Foreign Policy ChoicesJulie Newton: An Annotated Bibliography of Published Work by Archie Brown