The volume provides a retrospective analysis of Putin’s eight years as president between 2000 and 2008. An international group of leading specialists examine Putin’s leadership in an informed and balanced manner. The authors are drawn from Russia itself, as well as from Europe, America and Australasia. Coverage includes general analysis of the Putin presidency, the ideology underlying the thinking of the regime, issues of institutional development including coverage of parties, parliament and elections, developments in the federal system, corruption and changes in the configuration of the elite. The impact of energy on changes in political economy provides the background to an assessment of Russia’s re-emergence as a great power in international affairs, accompanied by analysis of the difficulties in Russia’s relations with its former Soviet neighbours and the European Union. The authors examine the interaction between power and policy, and draw some conclusions about the dynamics of Putin’s system of government and thus of the fate of Russia.
This book was published as a special issue of Europe-Asia Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Putin’s Leadership: Character and Consequences Richard Sakwa 2. Putin’s Legacy and Russia’s Identity Alfred B. Evans, Jr 3. Party Politics in Russia: From Competition to Hierarchy Vladimir Gel’man 4. ‘It’s the Economy, Comrade!’ Parties and Voters in the 2007 Russian Duma Election Ian McAllister and Stephen White 5. Patronage and the Party of Power: President–Parliament Relations Under Vladimir Putin Thomas Remington 6. Adaptive Federalism and Federation in Putin’s Russia Elena Chebankova 7. Corruption and Organised Crime in Putin’s Russia Leslie Holmes 8. Changes in Elite Patterns Oxana Gaman-Golutvina 9. Putin’s Economic Record: Is the Oil Boom Sustainable? Peter Rutland 10. Russian Policy in Central Asia and the Caspian Sea Region Andrei Kazantsev 11. Restoration and Revolution in Putin’s Foreign Policy Angela E. Stent 12. Russia–EU: The Partnership That Went Astray Fyodor Lukyanov
Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury and an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. He has published widely on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs.