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Leading Russia: Putin in PerspectiveEssays in Honour of Archie Brown$
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Alex Pravda

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276141

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276145.001.0001

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Introduction: Putin in Perspective

Introduction: Putin in Perspective

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Leading Russia: Putin in Perspective

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This chapter examines the changing leadership of Vladimir Putin. Most observers initially saw Putin as a transactional leader; with his practical and technocratic approach to fixing problems, he appeared more a prudent manager than political leader. However, as he moved towards his second term, his increased assertion of executive powers has prompted some observers to revise their optimism regarding Russia’s prospects for democracy, viewing Putin’s actions as a possible turn towards dictatorial rule.

Keywords:   Vladimir Putin, Russia, president, leadership, executive power, democratisation, dictatorship

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