The new politics of Russia

Second edition

By Andrew Monaghan

The new politics of Russia

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5561-0
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £14.99
  • Published Date: March 2021
  • BIC Category: European Politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, Society & social sciences / International relations, Russia


This book examines Russian politics and how and why Russia's international relations have deteriorated to the point of inaugurating a new era of 'Great Power Competition'. It explores the long-term worsening of relations since the early 2000s, from the disagreements over European security and the war in Syria to mutual accusations of interference in domestic politics. The book also reflects on the nature of political power in Russia, looking both at protest and the networks of power that make up the country's political landscape. In so doing, it offers a fresh way to interpret Russian politics and to understand Putin's fourth presidential term.


Preface to the second edition
Introduction: 'We've moved on'
1 Russia: the state of surprise
2 Towards strategic dissonance: Russia as a 'Europe apart'
3 'Reflexive transitionology' and the 'end of Putin'
4 Beyond Putin? Deciphering power in Russia
Conclusion: Reinterpreting Russia in the twenty-first century


Andrew Monaghan is Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London

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