This thoroughly revised and updated edition of the classic text provides the most current and authoritative assessment of Russia available. Distinguished scholars offer a full-scale assessment of Putin's leadership, exploring the daunting domestic and international problems facing Russia today. Evaluating the regime's continued efforts to rebuild a country in shambles, the contributors consider a comprehensive array of economic, political, and social issues. In addition to updated core chapters, the book includes new essays on Putin's leadership, law, foreign policy, and the decline of democracy. The book concludes that Putin will continue to address his country's problems in an incremental and centralized manner as he moves toward his goal of restoring Russia to the status of a world power. Accessible and clearly organized, this text is required reading for anyone wanting to understand Russia today.
Herspring has shed valuable light on a subject of past neglect and growing importance.
Whether this volume is commenting on the latest breaking news or on the origins of nagging unsolved problems, it has the analytical scope and intellectual rigor needed for those asking the questions: 'Who is Putin?' and 'Where is Russia going?' A textbook on current political affairs can be a publisher's nightmare. However....Putin's Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain has stood the test of quickly changing events.
— Peter Lavelle
Preface to the Third Edition vii
Introduction Dale R. Herspring 1
Putin's Leadership Richard Sakwa 13
Putin and the Attenuation of Russian Democracy Timothy J. Colton 37
Putin, the Parliament, and the Party System Thomas F. Remington 53
Putin and the Regions Nikolai Petrov Darrell Slider 75
Putin and the Law Kathryn Hendley 99
Putin and the Economy James R. Millar 127
Putin and Agriculture Stephen K. Wegren 147
Military and Security
Putin and Military Reform Dale R. Herspring 173
Putin and Foreign Policy Andrei P. Tsygankov 195
Conclusion Dale R. Herspring 219
Suggested Readings 225
About the Contributors 233