Russian Populist: The Political Thought of Vladimir Putin
By Matthew Raphael Johnson, Ph.D. Russian president Vladimir Putin is one of the most reviled politicians in the West. At the same time, few leaders worldwide have maintained such high levels of popularity.
Putin’s political and economic successes are too startling to be ignored. From his appointment as vice president on New Year’s Eve 1999, Putin has assisted in the rebuilding of a shattered country in a few short years. With high rates of economic growth, military and police reform, and a concerted attack on official corruption, Putin has become a trusted populist leader, and a significant figure in global nationalism, non-alignment and multipolarity.
This book attempts to synthesize the basic political views of Putin. It does not deal much with policy, but rather, it centers around the ideas that drive Putin and his reform plans in both domestic and foreign policy.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Vladimir the Great?
Stave 1: The Thesis of This Book
Stave 2: Preface
Stave 3: Introduction
Stave 4: Putin the Political Man
Stave 5: Putin’s Basic Political Theory
Stave 6: The Context for Putin’s Political Theory
Stave 7: The Basis for Putin’s Economic Thought
Stave 8: Putin & the Autonomy of the Russian State
Stave 9: Putin’s Agricultural Thought & Policy
Stave 10: Foreign Interference in Russia: Putin’s Response to the West
Stave 11: Putin’s Foreign Policy in Context
Stave 12: Putin & Human Rights: Political Theory & the Reality of Chechnya
Stave 13: Putin on U.S. Foreign Policy
Stave 14: Putin’s Eurasian Strategy
Stave 15: Putin’s Political Legacy
Read Pete Papaherakles’s editorial “Vladimir the Great?” on Vadlimir Putin in the July/August 2012 issue of The Barnes Review.
Softcover, 178 pages