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Russia's New Authoritarianism: Putin and the Politics of Order

David G. Lewis


In this book, David Lewis offers an original interpretation of the Russian political system that developed under Vladimir Putin as a new form of authoritarianism. Lewis argues that the Putinist worldview challenged liberal beliefs about concepts such as sovereignty,  the state, and democracy, and instead promoted a set of illiberal norms and ideas that contributed to a global backlash against liberal politics. The book uses the political thought of Carl Schmitt, the Nazi jurist and anti-liberal political theorist, to explore political developments in Russia in the first two decades of the 21st ... More

Keywords: Russia, Authoritarianism, Carl Schmitt, Sovereignty, State of exception, Illiberal democracy, Vladimir Putin, Putinism, Liberalism, Russian conservatism, Russian foreign policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474454766
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David G. Lewis, author
University of Exeter