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Professors Paul Chaisty and Stephen Whitefield write about 'Putin's Nationalism Problem'

Professors Paul Chaisty and Stephen Whitefield write about 'Putin's Nationalism Problem'

Stephen Whitefield and Paul Chaisty have written an article for the e-International Relations website (20 April) based on their own research about Vladimir Putin's nationalistic tendencies - or lack of them.


They write, "[P]ublic opinion evidence from the early and mid-2000s (Whitefield, 2005, 2009) indicates that Putin and his government was significantly less likely to be supported by nationalist and anti-Western citizens and that there were only very limited differences socially and ideologically between his supporters and those for so-called liberal politicians.  Indeed, Putin’s political success may have been founded on his relative centrist and modernising stances: an organised and strong state, and one which deliberately made political use of the Soviet past, but not ethno-nationalist or anti-Western."

The full article can be read here: http://www.e-ir.info/2015/04/20/putins-nationalism-problem/?utm_content=buffere1b2e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer