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Putin’s Political Regime and Its Alternatives

Strategic Analysis. 2018. Vol. 42. No. 2. P. 134-153.

The article analyses the current Russian regime and its possible alternatives,
both nationalist and pro-Western, from the viewpoint of various theoretical
approaches. It argues that applying the criteria and terminology of political science,
which are usually used in studies of modern Western societies, to define contemporary
Russia’s social and economic system is just as pointless as describing its political
system in terms of the modern Western political system. It further states that to achieve
an economic breakthrough, the Russian leadership will have to move towards: developing
state institutions that are governed by the rule of law; the separation of powers;
the restoration of self-government; and the creation of favourable conditions for,
primarily, small and medium-size businesses.