The Kremlin Emboldened: How Putin Wins Support

  title={The Kremlin Emboldened: How Putin Wins Support},
  author={Graeme Robertson and Samuel A. Greene},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={100 - 86}
The Kremlin’s ability to maintain power and popularity despite an aging leader, an ailing economy, a rallying opposition, and many other domestic and international challenges is puzzling given current theories of authoritarianism. These theories focus on some combination of material interests, institutional engineering, and the charisma and skill of the dictator himself. A close examination of the Russian case, however, reveals that the real power of Putin’s dictatorship lies in the realm of… 

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