Putin: Russia's Choice

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-11-05
  • Publisher: Routledge

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P Fully revised and updated, the new edition of this extremely well-received political biography of Vladimir Putin builds on the strengths of the first edition to provide the most detailed and nuanced account of the man, his politics and his profound influence on Russian politics, foreign policy and society. /P P New to this edition: /P UL P LI analysis of Putin's second term as President /LI LI more biographical information in the light of recent research /LI LI detailed discussion of changes to the policy process and the elites around Putin /LI LI developments in state-society relations including the conflicts with oligarchs such as Khodorkovsky /LI LI review of changes affecting the party system and electoral legislation, including the development of federalism in Russia /LI LI details on economic performance under Putin, including more discussion of the energy sector and pipeline politics /LI LI Russia's relationship with NATO after the 'big bang' enlargement, EU-Russian relations afterenlargement, and Russia's relations with other post-Soviet states. /LI P /P /UL P EM Putin /EM is essential reading for all students and scholars of Russian politics. /P

Author Biography

Richard Sakwa is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent, UK.

Table of Contents

List of tablesp. vii
Preface to the second editionp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xii
The path to powerp. 1
The unlikely making of a leaderp. 2
Operation successorp. 17
Ideas and choicesp. 37
Who is Mister Putin?p. 37
Normality, normalcy and normalisationp. 42
Russia at the turn of the millenniump. 52
Planning for the futurep. 56
The 'state of the nation' speechesp. 59
Putin's pathp. 70
Building the Putin blocp. 71
Putin and the peoplep. 83
Leadership and stylep. 90
National democracy and Russia's 'third way'p. 95
Parties, elections and the successionp. 101
Development of the party systemp. 101
Elections and electoral legislationp. 109
Parliamentary realignmentp. 123
Putin, parties and governmentp. 127
The Putin successionp. 129
Regime, state and societyp. 135
State and regimep. 136
The 'liquidation of the oligarchs as a class'p. 143
Freedom of speech and the mediap. 150
Judicial reform and human rightsp. 155
Bureaucracy, incorporation and oppositionp. 162
Bureaucracy and corruptionp. 162
Civil society and para-constitutional representationp. 167
Regime and oppositionp. 175
Putin's 'new federalism'p. 186
Segmented regionalismp. 186
Features of the 'new federalism'p. 192
State reconstitution and federalismp. 209
Reforging the nationp. 214
National images and state symbolsp. 214
Social aspects of national identityp. 223
Chechnya: tombstone or crucible of Russian power?p. 227
Russian capitalismp. 240
Entering the marketp. 240
Models of capitalism - state corporatism?p. 249
State, economy and societyp. 259
Putin's new realism in foreign policyp. 267
Towards a new realismp. 268
Features of the new realismp. 274
The new realism in practicep. 279
Conclusion: the power of contradictionp. 299
Public politicsp. 300
Beyond transitionp. 306
The power of contradictionp. 310
Russia at the turn of the millenniump. 317
Notesp. 329
Select bibliographyp. 370
Indexp. 376
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