Introduction: Putin in Perspective

Alex Pravda

in Leading Russia: Putin in Perspective

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276141
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603341 | DOI:
Introduction: Putin in Perspective

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This chapter examines the changing leadership of Vladimir Putin. Most observers initially saw Putin as a transactional leader; with his practical and technocratic approach to fixing problems, he appeared more a prudent manager than political leader. However, as he moved towards his second term, his increased assertion of executive powers has prompted some observers to revise their optimism regarding Russia’s prospects for democracy, viewing Putin’s actions as a possible turn towards dictatorial rule.

Keywords: Vladimir Putin; Russia; president; leadership; executive power; democratisation; dictatorship

Chapter.  6948 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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