Russia's New Authoritarianism
Putin and the Politics of Order
Lewis, David G.
CollectionKnowledge Unlatched (KU)
Studies the transformation of Russian domestic politics and foreign policy under Vladimir Putin Asks what kind of political system ‘Putinism’ denotes Engages with the scholarly and policy debate on the growth of illiberal politics and authoritarianism globally in the post-Soviet space and in countries as diverse as Hungary, Egypt, Turkey and the Philippines Uses contemporary case studies – including Russia’s legal system, the annexation of Crimea and Russian policy in Syria – to critically examine Russia’s political ideology Why did Russia’s post-Soviet political system developed into a new form of authoritarianism? And how did its foreign policy came to pose such a profound challenge to the West? David G. Lewis goes beyond current polemical debates to address these questions. Lewis investigates the Russian understanding of key concepts such as sovereignty, democracy and political community. He analyses the Russian political system as a novel form of authoritarian political order, unpacking the ideological paradigm that underpins it. He reveals that Russia's new order is characterised by the consolidation of political and economic power around a sovereign leader, together with a willingness to take political decisions outside the law both at home and in international affairs.
KeywordsPolitical Science; International Relations
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Publication date and place2020
ImprintEdinburgh University Press