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Putin's Popularity and Its Implications for Democracy in Russia Putin's Popularity and Its Implications for Democracy in Russia Stephen Whitefield

Stephen Whitefield

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/10.1093/0199276145.003.0008
 Putin's Popularity and Its Implications for Democracy in Russia  Putin's Popularity and Its Implications for Democracy in Russia Stephen Whitefield

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This chapter examines how and why ordinary Russians evaluate their presidents and their political system, and support Vladimir Putin and others electorally. The results highlight the ambiguities about Putin and his democracy. Those who support Putin tend to be more committed to democratic norms than other Russians. There are Russians who favour leadership with a ‘strong hand’, but are not drawn to Putin. Thus, Putin may be faced with a difficult and untimely political choice — between his own supporters and his tendency to pursue anti-democratic policies.

Keywords: Vladimir Putin; Russia; politics; elections; political leadership; democracy

Chapter.  8872 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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