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Putin : Russia's choice
Sakwa, Richard.
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London ; New York : Routledge, [2004]

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x, 307 pages ; 24 cm
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First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author Notes

Richard Sakwa is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent.

Table of Contents

List of tablesp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
1 The unlikely path to powerp. 1
The unlikely making of a leaderp. 2
The succession operationp. 15
2 The ideas behind the choicep. 34
Who is mister Putin?p. 35
The Russian 'transition' and beyondp. 37
Russia at the turn of the millenniump. 43
Planning for the futurep. 47
The state of the nationp. 51
The 'normalisation' of politicsp. 53
3 The Putin wayp. 60
Building the Putin blocp. 61
Putin and the peoplep. 68
Leadership and stylep. 73
Putin's path: towards a Russian 'third way'?p. 78
4 State and societyp. 83
State and regimep. 83
State strengthening as politics or lawp. 90
The 'liquidation of the oligarchs as a class'p. 96
Freedom of speech and the mediap. 103
Judicial reform and human rightsp. 107
5 Restructuring political spacep. 113
Changes to the party systemp. 113
Changes to electoral legislationp. 118
Parliamentary realignmentp. 119
Regime and oppositionp. 122
Democracy and civil societyp. 125
6 Putin and the regionsp. 130
Segmented regionalismp. 130
The reconstitution of federal relationsp. 135
Establishing the presidential 'vertical'p. 141
Reorganising federal relationsp. 146
Regional governors and legislaturesp. 152
State reconstitution and federalismp. 155
7 Reforging the nationp. 161
Images of the nation and symbols of the statep. 161
Chechnya: tombstone or crucible of Russian power?p. 170
8 Russian capitalismp. 182
Entering the marketp. 182
Models of capitalism--oligarchical democracy?p. 190
State, economy and societyp. 201
9 Putin and the worldp. 207
The normalisation of foreign policyp. 207
Putin's choicep. 215
Practising normalityp. 221
10 Conclusionp. 234
Appendix Russia at the turn of the millenniump. 251
Notesp. 263
Select bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 296