Elite opinion and foreign policy in post-communist Russia

  title={Elite opinion and foreign policy in post-communist Russia},
  author={S. White},
  journal={Perspectives on European Politics and Society},
  pages={147 - 167}
  • S. White
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Perspectives on European Politics and Society
Abstract Russian elite opinion on matters of foreign policy may be classified as ‘Liberal Westerniser’, ‘Pragmatic Nationalist’ and ‘Fundamentalist Nationalist’, terms that reflect long-standing debates about the country's relationship with the outside world. An analysis of press statements and election manifestoes together with a programme of elite interviews between 2004 and 2006 suggests a clustering of opinion on a series of strategic issues. Liberal Westernisers seek the closest possible… Expand
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