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Russian Corruption and State Weakness in Comparative Post‐Communist Perspective

Leslie Holmes

in Leading Russia: Putin in Perspective

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276141
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603341 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276145.003.0005
Russian Corruption and State Weakness in Comparative Post‐Communist Perspective

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This chapter examines recent developments in Russian leadership politics within the context of post-Communist leadership and state-building. It argues that those who hoped Putin would turn Russia into a strong state underestimated the scale of the task, while those who believed that Putin was inherently authoritarian underestimated the need for strong leadership in Russia. A customized, relativistic, and dynamic approach to Russia’s transition is needed, rather than one based on Western ideals, expectations, and conditions.

Keywords: Vladimir Putin; leadership; Russia; politics; corruption; state-building

Chapter.  13646 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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