Casula, Philipp und Perovic, Jeronim (eds)

Identities and Politics During the Putin Presidency

The Foundations of Russia's Stability

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With a foreword by Heiko Haumann

In collaboration with Ivo Mijnssen


How could an undemocratic regime manage to stabilise Russia? What is Putin's success formula? What are the symbolic and discursive underpinnings of Russia's new stability? Many outside observers of Russia regarded the authoritarian tendencies during the Putin presidency as a retreat from, or even the end of, democratisation. Rather than attempting to explain why Russia did not follow the trajectory of democratic transformation, this book aims to attain an understanding of the stabilisation process during Putin's tenure as president. Proceeding from the assumption that the stability created under Putin is multi-layered, the authors attempt to uncover the underpinnings of the new equilibrium, inquiring especially about the changes and fixations that occurred in the discourses on political and national identity. In doing so, the authors analyse the trajectories of the past years from the traditional perspective of transitology as well as through the lens of post-structuralist discourse theory. The two approaches are seen as complementary, with the latter focusing less on the end point of transition than on the nature of the mechanisms that stabilise the current regime. The book therefore focuses on how nationalism became an increasingly important tool in political discourse and how it affected political identity. "Sovereign democracy" is seen by many contributors as the most explicit manifestation of a newfound post-Soviet identity drawing on nationalist ideas, while simultaneously appeasing most sectors of the Russian political spectrum.

404 Seiten. Paperback. 2009
ISBN 978-3-8382-0015-6
ISSN 1614-3515

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“[…] the authors should be congratulated for producing a volume that successfully challenges much of the outdated Western thinking on the development of post-Soviet Russian politics.”

Political Studies Review,  Vol. 9, No. 1, 2011

„In der Gesamtschau wird durch die Vielzahl der Beiträge ein facettenreiches Bild der russischen Identität und eine Dependenz zwischen politischer Identitätsbildung und der daraus resultierenden Stabilität des politischen Systems gezeichnet […].“

Portal für Politikwissenschaft
, 12.01.2012