Sakwa, R. (2004) Putin: Russia's choice. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 307 pp. ISBN 0-415-29663-3.
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Vladimir Putin has had a major domestic and international impact since his election as Russian President in March 2000 and yet remarkably little is known about the man in the West. Putin: Russia's Choice, written by one of the UK's leading scholars of Russian politics, is the first major study of the man and his politics. Richard Sakwa's discussion provides the biographical and political context to explain Putin's astonishing rise from anonymous KGB apparatchik to leader of one of the world's most important and interesting countries. The book explains Putin's personal and intellectual development and his ability to effect social and political change. Putin's attempt to counter the endemic weakness of the Russian state and to reshape its political system and national identity are explored alongside his economic, social, cultural, regional and foreign policies. The author also examines the close personal relationships that Putin has forged with other world leaders including President George W Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. Drawing on both Russian and English-language sources, and providing comprehensive coverage of Putin's speeches, interviews and policy documents, this is the definitive study of the Russian leader.
|Additional information:||This remains the only book-length single-authored academic study of Putin’s presidency in English. It has recently been published in Russian: Putin: Vybor Rossii (Moscow, Olma-Press, 2006). The work has three aspects. First, it is a personal, career and ideological analysis of Putin’s background, career and intellectual development. Second, it analyses Putin as leader, including a study of changes in elite structure, continuities and change from the Yeltsin era. Third, the book examines developments in institutional structures, including developments in party laws, electoral politics, regional politics, and relations between state and society. Fourth, the book provides a detailed evaluation of various policy arenas, notably economic and foreign policy. Fifth, the work analyses broader issues of the nature of Russian politics under Putin, and attempts a broader comparative theorisation.|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JA Political science (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations|
|Depositing User:||Alison Chapman|
|Date Deposited:||19 Dec 2007 18:08|
|Last Modified:||09 Dec 2011 15:46|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/279 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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