By Daniel Treisman
Corruption, pretend information, and the "informational autocracy" maintaining Putin in power
After fading into the heritage for a few years following the cave in of the Soviet Union, Russia unexpectedly has emerged as a brand new threat—at least within the minds of many Westerners. yet Western assumptions approximately Russia, and specifically approximately political decision-making in Russia, are typically old-fashioned or simply simple wrong.
Under the management of Vladimir Putin seeing that 2000, Russia is neither a a bit of decreased model of the Soviet Union nor a vintage police nation. Corruption is ordinary in any respect degrees of presidency and enterprise, yet Russia's leaders pursue broader and extra complicated objectives than one might anticipate in a standard kleptocracy, akin to these in lots of constructing nations. Nor does Russia healthy the traditional political technology version of a "competitive authoritarian" regime; its parliament, political events, and different political our bodies are neither fakes to idiot the West nor boards for bargaining one of the elites.
The results of a two-year collaboration among best Russian specialists and Western political students, Autocracy explores the complicated roles of Russia's presidency, protection prone, parliament, media and different actors. The authors argue that Putin has created an “informational autocracy,” which is predicated extra on media manipulation than at the accomplished repression of conventional dictatorships. The pretend information, hackers, and trolls that featured in Russia’s international coverage in the course of the 2016 U.S. presidential election also are favorite instruments of Putin’s family regime—along with web regulations, country tv, and copious in-house surveys. whereas those strategies were profitable within the brief run, the regime that depends upon them already exhibits symptoms of age: over-centralization, a narrowing of data flows, and a reliance on casual fixers to circumvent the paperwork. The regime's problem should be to proceed to dam social modernization with no undermining the leadership’s personal capabilities.
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