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Author Baturo, Alex, author
Title The new Kremlinology : understanding regime personalization in russia / Alex Baturo, Johan A Elkink
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 2021
book jacket
 Modern History Library  320.947 B336    AVAILABLE    30550100700036
Edition First edition
Descript xii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Series Comparative politics
Comparative politics
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
"The New Kremlinology is the first in-depth examination of the development of regime personalisation in Russia. In the post-Cold War period, many previously democratising countries experienced authoritarian reversals whereby incumbent leaders took over and gravitated towards personalist rule. Scholars have predominantly focused on the authoritarian turn, as opposed to the type of authoritarian rule emerging from it. In a departure from accounts centred on the failure of democratisation in Russia, this book's argument begins from a basic assumption that the political regime of Vladimir Putin is a personalist regime in the making. Focusing on the politics within the Russian ruling coalition since 1999, The New Kremlinology describes the process of regime personalisation, that is, the acquisition of personal power by a leader. Drawing from comparative evidence and theories of personalist rule, the investigation is based on four components of regime personalisation: patronage networks, deinstitutionalisation, media personalisation, and establishing permanency in office. The fact that Russia has gradually acquired many---but not all---of the characteristics associated with a personalist regime, underscores the complexity of political change and that we need to unpack the concept of personalism to understand it better. The lessons of the book extend beyond Russia and illuminate how other personalist and personalising regimes emerge and develop. Furthermore, the title of the book, The New Kremlinology, is chosen to emphasise not only the subject matter, the what, but also the how --- the battery of innovative methods employed to study the black box of non-democratic politics"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-
Dictatorship -- Russia (Federation)
Political leadership -- Russia (Federation)
Political culture -- Russia (Federation)
Alt Author Elkink, Johan A, author
Alt Title Understanding regime personalization in russia
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