Policy of Russia on Institutions - Dictionary of Arguments
Krastev I 91
Institutions/Policy of Russia/Krastev: Russia had built Potemkin replicas of Western institutions, such as a constitutional court, in the 1 9 90s because pretending to share liberal-democratic aspirations was a way of appearing agreeable to, and ingratiating its leaders with, the dominant powers of the time. Indeed, this was probably the only available posture for surviving in a world dominated by the West.
As Putin consolidated power, Russia shifted to imitating the West in a much more combative style. The Kremlin's new retaliatory form of imitation was meant to discredit the West's over-praised model and make Western societies doubt the superiority of their own norms and institutions. The promise of liberal hegemony was that the world organized around imitation of the West would be a liberal world amenable to American interests. Putin set out to radically rewrite this narrative, transforming imitation of the West into a tool for unpicking the international order that post-Second World War America had so laboriously struggled to create._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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