Fascistoid Russia: Whither Putin's brittle realm?

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Abstract

The massive demonstrations that rocked Russia in the aftermath of the Duma elections of December 4, 2011, surprised everyone, including most Russians. The roots of the Russian uprising are found in the nature of the regime Putin constructed and in its inherent brittleness and ineffectiveness. Except that that designation is not quite accurate either. Authoritarian states are typically ruled by faceless bureaucrats or dour generals. Putin, in contrast, has charisma and he is popular. The obvious place to start diagnosing its sickness is the supreme leader himself. While it might seem that extreme centralization of power in the hands of a supreme leader would ensure coordination and submission among the elites, the exact opposite occurs, as elites compete for the boss's favor, pass the buck and shirk responsibility, avoid cooperating with their colleague competitors, and amass resources as they form mini-bureaucracies of their own.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalWorld Affairs
Volume174
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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