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RussiaThe Challenges of Transformation$
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Piotr Dutkiewicz and Dmitri Trenin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785003

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785003.001.0001

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Leadership and the Politics of Modernization

Leadership and the Politics of Modernization

(p.115) Chapter Five Leadership and the Politics of Modernization

Timothy J. Colton

NYU Press

This chapter examines the problem of political leadership in Russia, with a particular emphasis on the tandem arrangement involving its present incumbents. It offers a range of scenarios for 2012 and beyond, all highly interesting and relevant to the central issue of whether or not the nominal leaders are capable of leading the country into a higher orbit of development. The chapter emphasizes the need for political reform and the personalities capable of exacting change, even as it notes that political change is not the highest priority for Dmitrii Medvedev, let alone for Vladimir Putin, whose opinion counts for more, though they both understand that Russia cannot do without a diversified, dynamic economic base. In the end, whichever outcome materializes in the 2012 election, the key factor for Russia's modernization lies in its leadership.

Keywords:   political leadership, political reform, Dmitrii Medvedev, Vladimir Putin, 2012, political change

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