Advanced Introduction to Russian Politics

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Advanced Introduction to Russian Politics

9781802202175 Edward Elgar Publishing
Richard Sakwa, Professor Emeritus of Politics, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, UK
Publication Date: December 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 217 5 Extent: 180 pp
This perceptive Advanced Introduction provides a contemporary analysis of Russia’s political system, political institutions and its place on the global stage. Richard Sakwa deftly explores Russia’s emergence as an independent state, examining the structure of its existing political and economic system, its transformation following the constitutional reform of 2020, and the immediate and long-term consequences of the Russia-Ukraine war.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

This perceptive Advanced Introduction provides a contemporary analysis of Russia’s political system, political institutions and its place on the global stage.

Richard Sakwa deftly explores Russia’s emergence as an independent state, examining the structure of its existing political and economic system, its transformation following the constitutional reform of 2020, and the immediate and long-term consequences of the Russia-Ukraine war. The book offers a concise overview of Putin’s leadership, assessing the domestic and international impact across his presidential terms. This informative and prescient Advanced Introduction ultimately goes on to question whether Russia can survive in its present state and considers a series of potential future outcomes.

Key Features:
• Assesses Putin’s leadership and political repercussions
• Delivers comparative analysis of Russia’s political institutions
• Analyses key facets of Russia’s domestic and international politics
• Evaluates the short and long-term effects of the Russia-Ukraine war

This book will be a highly important read for scholars and academics specialising in international politics, international relations, comparative politics and geopolitics. Offering an incisive summary of Russia’s national and international political position, this Advanced Introduction will also be of interest to career professionals working in international development and diplomacy.
Critical Acclaim
‘Richard Sakwa is possibly the foremost scholar of Russian affairs writing in the English language. His latest book lives up to its billing as an Advanced Introduction, providing a sophisticated analysis of the complexities of Russia''s political and economic system. Its insightful analysis will enhance the understanding of all who read it.’
– Paul Robinson, University of Ottawa, Canada.

‘In this thought-provoking book Sakwa provides a rich, theory-based introduction to the key issues facing Russian politics. While uncompromisingly critical of Putin’s slide into authoritarianism, he also considers the possibility of a positive evolution of Russia after Putin. This is precisely the sort of nuanced discussion of the complexities of Russian politics that we need today.’
– Nicolai Petro, University of Rhode Island, US
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