PO SC 1040 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Dutch Disease, Resource Curse, Russia Under Vladimir Putin

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Russia’s Authoritarian Reversion (Part 2) – POSC 1040
1. Putin’s High Approval Ratings
a. December 2016: 86.8% approval (statistic actually decreased compared
to when it was recorded before)
i. 46% approval for Obama
ii. 47% approval for British Prime Minister Cameron
iii. 49% approval for German Chancellor Merkel
iv. 20% approval for French President Hollande
2. Explaining Putin’s Popularity
a. The political culture hypothesis
i. Deference to authority
ii. All they have known is oppression and don’t know any different
iii. Preference for a strong leader
1. “I want a man like Putin”
iv. Post Cold War national pride
b. The repression hypothesis
i. “Putinism”
ii. Siloviki
1. members of security services police and armed forces
2. people are too scared to say they don’t approve of him
c. The economic hypothesis
i. “Gangster” capitalism
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