Putin: Russia's Choice

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Routledge, Nov 13, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 388 pages
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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. New to this edition:

  • analysis of Putin's second term as President
  • more biographical information in the light of recent research
  • detailed discussion of changes to the policy process and the élites around Putin
  • developments in state-society relations including the conflicts with oligarchs such as Khodorkovsky
  • review of changes affecting the party system and electoral legislation, including the development of federalism in Russia
  • details on economic performance under Putin, including more discussion of the energy sector and pipeline politics
  • Russia’s relationship with NATO after the ‘big bang’ enlargement, EU-Russian relations after enlargement, and Russia’s relations with other post-Soviet states
  • the conclusion brings us up-to-date with debates over the question of democracy in Russia today and the nature of Putin’s leadership and his place in the world.

Putin is essential reading for all scholars and students of Russian politics.

 

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Contents

List of tables
The path to power 1
Operation successor 17
Ideas and choices 37
Putins
Building the Putin bloc71
The Putin succession 129 5 Regime state and society 135 State and regime 136 The liquidationofthe oligarchs as
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Judicial reform andhuman Bureaucracy incorporation and opposition 162 Bureaucracyandcorruption 162
Regime andopposition175 7 Putins new federalism186
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Russian capitalism 240
The new realism in the power of contradiction 299
Index 376
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Richard Sakwa is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent, UK.

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