Authoritarian Backlash: Russian Resistance to Democratization in the Former Soviet Union, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Authoritarian Backlash

Russian Resistance to Democratization in the Former Soviet Union, 1st Edition

By Thomas Ambrosio


256 pages

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Authoritarian Russia has adopted five strategies to preserve the Kremlin's political power: insulate, bolster, subvert, redefine and coordinate. Thomas Ambrosio examines each of these in turn, all of which seek to counter or undermine regional democratic trends both at home and throughout the former Soviet Union. Policies such as these are of great concern to the growing literature on how autocratic regimes are becoming more active in their resistance to democracy. Through detailed case studies of each strategy, this book makes significant contributions to our understandings of Russian domestic and foreign policies, democratization theory and the policy challenges associated with democracy promotion.


’ …offers a cutting edge account of active international strategies of authoritarian persistence and survival. Studies of international democracy promotion should take note. Future research will profit by building on the book’s analysis well beyond its focus on Putin’s Russia.’ Peter Burnell, University of Warwick, UK '…offers a compelling framework for how dictators resist internal and external pressure to expand rights and freedoms for their citizens. Authoritarian Backlash contributes to our understanding of Russia as a consolidated dictatorship, rather than democracy, from its chilling portrayal of the Putin Youth� to the ominous signs of a budding partnership with other dictatorships around the world.' Joel M. Ostrow, Benedictine University, USA '…Ambrosio's penetrating discussion provides a perceptive, rich and thought provoking analysis of the rhetoric deployed by Putin's regime.' Europe-Asia Studies

About the Author

Thomas Ambrosio, North Dakota State University, USA.

About the Series

Post-Soviet Politics

Post-Soviet Politics
The last decade has seen rapid and fundamental change in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Although there has been considerable academic comment on these changes over the years, detailed empirical and theoretical research on the transformation of the post-Soviet space is only just beginning to appear as new paradigms are developed to explain change. Post-Soviet Politics is a series focusing on the politics of change in the states of the former USSR. The series publishes original work that blends theoretical development with empirical research on post-Soviet politics. The series includes work that progresses comparative analysis of post-Soviet politics, as well as case study research on political change in individual post-Soviet states. The series features original research monographs, thematically strong edited collections and specialized texts. Uniquely, this series brings together the complete spectrum of work on post-Soviet politics, providing a voice for academics world wide.

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