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Russia's New AuthoritarianismPutin and the Politics of Order$
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David G. Lewis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474454766

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454766.001.0001

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Authoritarianism, Ideology and Order

Authoritarianism, Ideology and Order

(p.1) One Authoritarianism, Ideology and Order
Russia's New Authoritarianism

David G. Lewis

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores different theoretical approaches to Russian authoritarianism and proposes an alternative conceptual framework that prioritises the importance of ideas. In contrast to accounts that view Putinism as ‘post-ideological’, this chapter explains that an investigation of the ideational worldviews of Russian political elites are central to understanding the nature of contemporary Russian politics. Rather than focusing on democratisation, this chapter argues that the key political debate in Russia was over how to achieve and maintain political order. An emphasis on political order over other values has a long tradition in Russian conservative thought, but it became particularly relevant after the 1990s, which were widely viewed in Russia as a period of chaos and collapse.

Keywords:   Political order, Comparative authoritarianism, Ideology, Kleptocracy, Chaos

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