The Putin Regime: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain

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A figure of controversy ever since he took over as acting president in 2000, Vladimir Putin has been little understood in the West. In this first full-scale assessment of Putin's leadership, prominent scholars explore the daunting domestic and international problems facing Russia today. Domestically, Putin inherited an economy in shambles, rogue regional leaders, a collapsing army, and widespread lawlessness and corruption. Internationally, Moscow was isolated, with U.S.-Russian relations at an all-time low. The ...
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Overview

A figure of controversy ever since he took over as acting president in 2000, Vladimir Putin has been little understood in the West. In this first full-scale assessment of Putin's leadership, prominent scholars explore the daunting domestic and international problems facing Russia today. Domestically, Putin inherited an economy in shambles, rogue regional leaders, a collapsing army, and widespread lawlessness and corruption. Internationally, Moscow was isolated, with U.S.-Russian relations at an all-time low. The contributors give Putin a mixed assessment. On the positive side, they note that the economy has begun to turn around, even if it is primarily based on the country's ability to export oil. Meanwhile, Putin has begun to work, albeit autocratically, with the Duma as a series of badly needed laws have been introduced and an effort to reform the legal system has been launched. Furthermore, he is upgrading the military and lessening the oligarchs' political clout, at the same time drastically improving Russia's standing in the world. On the negative side, all of the contributors agree that Putin has relied on the traditional Russian method of centralized control. Individual, media, and regional rights have been curtailed, corruption remains a major problem, the war in Chechnya drags on, and major reforms in the military and economic spheres have yet to be implemented. Despite his authoritarian approach, Putin's popularity has soared. The book concludes that if he remains in power—as seems likely—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.
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Editorial Reviews

The Royal Institute Of International Affairs
A serious and largely successful attempt to portray the changes and continuities in Putin's Russia. Herspring has shed valuable light on a subject of past neglect and growing importance.
The Russian Review
The book provides a good cross-section analysis of Russia in 2002.
Amy Knight
A first-rate collection of thought-provoking articles by leading experts, this volume provides a comprehensive and balanced view of Putin's Russia. Dale Herspring has done an excellent job of compiling essays that cover all the key issues, from the parliament to the press to the state of Russia's military. A must for students of Russian affairs.
David Powell
A signal service. The contributors know the country exceedingly well and know how to write. The book is must-reading for anyone attempting to keep up with the extraordinary changes taking place in Russia today.
Choice
Readable and informative. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742519671
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2002
  • Edition number: 296
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I: Politics Chapter 4 Putin and Democratization Chapter 5 Putin, the Duma, and Political Parties Part 6 Part II: State and Society Chapter 7 Putin and the Media Chapter 8 Putin's Anticorruption Reforms Part 9 Part III: The Economy Chapter 10 Putin and the Economy Chapter 11 Putin and the Oligarchs Part 12 Part IV: Military and Security Chapter 13 Putin and the Armed Forces Chapter 14 Putin and Russia's Wars in Chechnya Part 15 Part V: Regional and Foreign Policy Chapter 16 Putin and the Regions Chapter 17 Putin and Russian Foreign Policy Chapter 18 Conclusion: Putin and the Future of Russia
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