Insecurity & the Rise of Nationalism in Putin's Russia

Keeper of Traditional Values

  • Suzanne Loftus

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Suzanne Loftus
    Pages 31-64
  3. Suzanne Loftus
    Pages 65-129
  4. Suzanne Loftus
    Pages 131-158

About this book


This book offers an analysis of Putin's approval ratings from the fall of the USSR to the present day. It considers contemporary materials, statistics and a discourse analysis to assess how Putin's approval ratings have stayed so high despite the current economic turndown. Through a comparative analysis with Yeltsin's time in office, the author demonstrates that higher levels of security, a better standard of living, increasingly assertive foreign policy and greater centralization of power led to positive approval ratings for Putin—absent characteristics during Yeltsin’s terms—and fostered 'positive national self-esteem' in Russia, a national sentiment that has persisted through current economic difficulties. Recommended reading for academics and students of Russian studies in the field of International Relations, Foreign Policy and Comparative Politics.

Suzanne Loftus is Researcher at the University of Miami, USA.


Putin russian politics approval ratings Yeltsin russia Russian studies International Relations Post-Soviet Politics Comparative Politics political leadership comparative analysis nationalism in russia Putin's Russia foreign policy Putin's leadership Yeltsin vs Putin Russia's economic conditions popularity of leaders Putin's popularity Gaidar Economic Reforms

Authors and affiliations

  • Suzanne Loftus
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MiamiMiamiUSA

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