the limits of power in Putin's Russia
- ISBN: 9780691212463
- Editorial: Princeton University Press
- Fecha de la edición: 2021
- Lugar de la edición: Princeton. Estados Unidos de Norteamérica
- Encuadernación: Cartoné
- Medidas: 24 cm
- Nº Pág.: 269
- Idiomas: Inglés
Looking beyond Putin to understand how today's Russia actually works
Media and public discussion tends to understand Russian politics as a direct reflection of Vladimir Putin's seeming omnipotence or Russia's unique history and culture. Yet Russia is remarkably similar to other autocracies-and recognizing this illuminates the inherent limits to Putin's power. Weak Strongman challenges the conventional wisdom about Putin's Russia, highlighting the difficult trade-offs that confront the Kremlin on issues ranging from election fraud and repression to propaganda and foreign policy.
Drawing on three decades of his own on-the-ground experience and research as well as insights from a new generation of social scientists that have received little attention outside academia, Timothy Frye reveals how much we overlook about today's Russia when we focus solely on Putin or Russian exceptionalism. Frye brings a new understanding to a host of crucial questions: How popular is Putin? Is Russian propaganda effective? Why are relations with the West so fraught? Can Russian cyber warriors really swing foreign elections? In answering these and other questions, Frye offers a highly accessible reassessment of Russian politics that highlights the challenges of governing Russia and the nature of modern autocracy.
Rich in personal anecdotes and cutting-edge social science, Weak Strongman offers the best evidence available about how Russia actually works.
1 Information Warrior 1
2 Putinology and Exceptional Russia 15
3 The Autocrat’s Dilemmas 37
4 Better to Be Feared and Loved: President Putin’s Popularity 50
5 The Surprising Importance of Russia’s Manipulated Elections 66
6 Neither as Strong nor as Weak as It Looks: Russia’s Economy 85
7 Hitting Them with Carrots: The Role of Repression 107
8 Mysterious Ways: Media Manipulation at Home 132
9 Great Power Posing: Russian Foreign Policy 152
10 Why Russia Hacks: Digital Persuasion and Coercion Abroad 175
11 Conclusion: The Death of Expertise? 196