The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia
CERS book talk by Daniel Treisman (UCLA, Political Science). Discussant: Bryn Rosenfeld (USC, Political Science).
Thursday, May 24, 201812:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
The result of a two-year collaboration between top Russian experts and Western political scholars, The New Autocracy explores the complex roles of Russia’s presidency, security services, parliament, media and other actors. The authors argue that Putin has created an “informational autocracy,” which relies more on media manipulation than on the comprehensive repression of traditional dictatorships. The fake news, hackers, and trolls that featured in Russia’s foreign policy during the 2016 U.S. presidential election are also favored tools of Putin’s domestic regime—along with internet restrictions, state television, and copious in-house surveys. While these tactics have been successful in the short run, the regime that depends on them already shows signs of age: over-centralization, a narrowing of information flows, and a reliance on informal fixers to bypass the bureaucracy. The regime’s challenge will be to continue to block social modernization without undermining the leadership’s own capabilities.
Daniel Treisman is a professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and founding director of the Russia Political Insight project. His latest book is The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev (The Free Press, 2011).
Cost : Free and open to the public.
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies