The New Autocracy (häftad)
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The New Autocracy

Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia

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Corruption, fake news, and the "informational autocracy" sustaining Putin in power After fading into the background for many years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia suddenly has emerged as a new threat-at least in the minds of many Westerners. But Western assumptions about Russia, and in particular about political decision-making in Russia, tend to be out of date or just plain wrong. Under the leadership of Vladimir Putin since 2000, Russia is neither a somewhat reduced version of the Soviet Union nor a classic police state. Corruption is prevalent at all levels of government and business, but Russia's leaders pursue broader and more complex goals than one would expect in a typical kleptocracy, such as those in many developing countries. Nor does Russia fit the standard political science model of a "competitive authoritarian" regime; its parliament, political parties, and other political bodies are neither fakes to fool the West nor forums for bargaining among the elites. The result of a two-year collaboration between top Russian experts and Western political scholars, Autocracy explores the complex roles of Russia's presidency, security services, parliament, media and other actors. The authors argue that Putin has created an "informational autocracy," which relies more on media manipulation than on the comprehensive repression of traditional dictatorships. The fake news, hackers, and trolls that featured in Russia's foreign policy during the 2016 U.S. presidential election are also favored tools of Putin's domestic regime-along with internet restrictions, state television, and copious in-house surveys. While these tactics have been successful in the short run, the regime that depends on them already shows signs of age: over-centralization, a narrowing of information flows, and a reliance on informal fixers to bypass the bureaucracy. The regime's challenge will be to continue to block social modernization without undermining the leadership's own capabilities.
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[T]his excellent edited volume is an important and relevant work that should be read widely by students of Russian politics. [...] Treisman is to be congratulated for shepherding this volume to a very satisfactory final product, which will be of great relevance to scholars for years as we come to grips with the political and policy dynamics of the Russian Federation in the current era." - Europe-Asia Studies, 70.10 (2019) "This edited work pulls together the thoughts of academic specialists in Russia and the US. The authors rely on interviews, official records, and important data in reaching their insightful conclusions. Reflections on the new authoritarianism after the 2012 presidential elections and 2014 Crimean crisis are penetrating. The temporary abolition of gubernatorial elections as well as the lengthening of the terms of the president and members of the Duma are key illustrations of that evolution toward authoritarianism. Analysis of significant governmental institutions provides further information that helps build a realistic picture of the situation today. Recommended." -CHOICE

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Daniel Treisman is a professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and founding director of the Russia Political Insight project ( His latest book is The Return: Russia's Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev, The Free Press, 2011.


"Contents Preface 1. Introduction: Rethinking Putin's Political OrderDaniel Treisman 2. Inside the Kremlin: The Presidency and Executive BranchMaxim Ananyev 3. Not Just a Rubber Stamp: Parliament and LawmakingBen Noble and Ekaterina Schulmann 4. The Siloviki in Russian PoliticsAndrei Soldatov and Michael Rochlitz 5. Regional Elites and MoscowNikolay Petrov and Eugenia Nazrullaeva 6. The Role of Business in Shaping Economic PolicyNatalia Lamberova and Konstantin Sonin 7. Media in Russia: Between Modernization and MonopolyMaria Lipman, Anna Kachkaeva, and Michael Poyker 8. Public Opinion and Russian PoliticsKirill Rogov and Maxim Ananyev 9. The Courts, Law Enforcement, and PoliticsElla Paneyakh and Dina Rosenberg 10. Civic and Political Activism in RussiaAnton Sobolev and Alexei Zakharov 11. Crimea: Anatomy of a DecisionDaniel Treisman About the Contributors Index "