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The Red Mirror: Putin's Leadership and Russia's Insecure Identity

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova


This book inquires into Vladimir Putin’s leadership strategy and relies on social identity theory to explain Putin’s success as a leader. The author argues that Russia’s second president has been successful in promoting his image as an embodiment of the shared national identity of the Russian citizens. He has articulated the shared collective perspective and has built a social consensus by tapping into powerful group emotions of shame and humiliation derived from the painful experience of the transition in the 1990s. He was able to overturn these emotions into pride and patriotism by activatin ... More

Keywords: Russian politics, identity politics, political leadership, authoritarian legitimation, Soviet legacy, collective trauma, exceptionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197502938
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197502938.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, author
Reader in Politics, Kings College London